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Bream Library honoured with a ROYAL visit!!

Bream Village has sure been in the papers this week! 🙂

We were all abuzz waiting for the Duchess of Cornwall to arrive today to officially reopen the Children’s Library.

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It was such an exciting day, especially for the children over the road at Bream Primary waving their flags and cheering.

Her Royal Highness met the member of the Lego Build Club and read them a story in our beautiful children’s library, she was so gracious and lovely, speaking to so many and meeting parents, volunteers and making us all feel rather special.

Some lovely pictures can be seen at these links:

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/l755XNoJW2U/Duchess+Cornwall+Visits+Bream+Community+Library/g9JRIgtm5GU

http://www.itv.com/news/2018-05-24/camilla-shows-off-lego-building-skills-during-visit-to-community-library/

Thank you to everyone who made this visit possible and run so smoothly. It was a memorable day despite the weather not playing along!

 

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Our beautiful new children’s library!

The project commenced on the 30 March with everyone on deck to pack away the children’s books and move out all the furniture from the children’s library. This timeline of activities is based purely on my eyes and memory, a great deal was going on that I didn’t even see by our incredible and dedicated team of volunteers.

Timeline:

30 March [Friday]: Big move out of everything in children’s library.

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After every last thing was removed.

31 March [Saturday] : Polyfilla over the cracks in the children’s library.

01 April [Sunday]: Sand the Polyfilla in preparation for painting.

2-3 April [Monday & Tuesday]: Painter did excellent job of the walls and ceiling.

5 April [Thursday]: Inspection by David Vaisey people.

6 April [Friday]: I noticed the carpet being shampooed by one of our volunteers.

9 April [Monday]: Decorators arrived late in the afternoon to begin installation of new furniture

10 April [Tuesday]: I went to sort out all our arts and craft supplies in readiness.

11 April [Wednesday]: Decorators completed furniture installation.

12 April [Thursday]: The big move back! Everyone there again to put the books back on the shelves and tidy up the adult library so we could open the next day.

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One of youngest volunteers putting the younger junior fiction back on the shelves! 🙂

Volunteers were there until late that day making sure everything was perfect.

 

13 April [Friday]: Library reopens!

 

 

 

 

Our before and after pictures:

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A HUGE thank you to all our volunteers who made this happen, from calling up decorators, meeting with them, reviewing designs to moving furniture, removing shelving and carting it away, buying and fetching paint, vacuuming and dusting, this all came together because of our amazing team!

Almost there….counting the hours!

Ready for our beautiful spiffy new children’s library? We sure are!

Here are some before pictures of our children’s library:

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We open tomorrow at 10:30am!

Bream Reading Club Reviews The Shining by Stephen King

51Kf+jjhR0L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Stars out of 5:  3.5

For two of our members this was re-read so they didn’t enjoy as much as they did the first time round. That said we all agreed there were parts so well written you had to stop and just think about them, and other parts that were unnecessary in being over-descriptive and a bit of a waffle.

Discussing the characters:

The Boy: Danny was written as a far more mature character than a real 5 year old would be, since all of us are mothers, that part stood out for all the wrong reasons. Even though his parents acknowledged his maturity, his emotional maturity being that high just wasn’t believable. His perceptions are clear and uncluttered and his emotional development at the end of the book is far more realistic. Danny’s character is way better on his own compared to when he is interacting with his parents.

The Father: Jack’s alcoholism and uncontrolled anger is written exceptionally well, he is a person who doesn’t take responsibility for his actions, he is an addict, and he is selfish and ultimately thinks a great deal more of himself than is healthy. He begins as an angry addict forcing himself to stop and hates how his past keeps getting thrown back in his face. He hates how his wife surreptitiously checks his breath. He hates how people don’t trust him anymore. He wants all the past badness to be erased and trust fully restored. His relationship with his own father offers some explanations for his behaviour and attitudes towards alcoholism, bullying, assault and women. His stay at the hotel takes him down the road to madness and his rage seems to speed him along that path.

The Mother: Wendy is interesting in her psychological dependence on Jack and the thread that runs back to her own mother. She cannot leave Jack because going back to her mother would be ‘worse’. Why could she not stand on her own? She appears to have no other recourse. She is portrayed as conflicted, wishing to keep her family together despite undeniable proof that something is very wrong. She continues to hope unrealistically to achieve some ‘happy family’ somewhere down the line. At the hotel her strength shows far more, and ultimately she protects her son and herself from her maniac of a husband.

The Hero: (In our view) Mr Halloran.  The most well rounded character in the whole book. Wise, funny, practical, kind and courageous, salt of the earth kind of person. He takes Danny under his wing so to speak and makes sure that Danny knows he has a friend he can call on if he gets into trouble.

Discussing the Story:

It is essentially a ‘haunted house’ story. Jack gets hired as the winter caretaker of a long established hotel with a checkered history. He brings his family with him. Danny is psychic and can read surface thoughts, Mr Halloran refers to this as ‘shine’ as he too has this skill though Danny is the strongest one he has ever come across. With Danny’s super perception he sees a whole lot more at that hotel and it is frightening to him. In a short time Jack is being influenced negatively by the malevolent spirits in the hotel which ultimately compel him to murder his own family. The spirits want Danny because of his amazing gift. The story has a happy ending in that Jack’s body is killed by Wendy in self-defence, Mr Halloran arrives just in time to save Danny and Wendy, the hotel blows up because the boiler ‘creeps’ and the malevolent spirit is torn free of the hotel and is pulled apart by the wind. Wendy and Danny start a new life, where Wendy is standing on her own feet and Mr Halloran is a firm family friend.

The issues:

There are elements that didn’t make sense. There was overstatement, some repetition and too much description. The fright parts were well written, designed to make you startle. There were some areas that had such potential but weren’t explored.

Mr Halloran experiences obstacles his entire trip back to the hotel on his rescue mission. If this stalling was meant to be suspenseful it wasn’t necessary. The nail biting wait for him to get there was already enough. Were the ghosts making it next to impossible for him to get there? Was Danny’s proximity to the ghosts making this possible?

The Unanswerables:

Why were the hedge animals outside the hotel so powerful when the ghosts inside weren’t?

There was a malevolent spirit in the shed where the snow mobiles were kept too, not just at the hotel, so why didn’t the ghosts from the hotel flee to the shed to survive a little longer?

A good read but disappointing in places.

Huge Thank You to the Big Issue for this donation!

The Big Issue has an amazing book give away – all the details can be found of their website. It’s super easy just nominate the charity you want to get some books and submit it.

https://www.bigissue.com/news/big-issue-big-book-giveaway-nominate-group-well-send-books/

We love books and love this initiative! Thank you!

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We even got some super popular Older Junior Fiction and Teenage Fiction!

 

 

Book Sale!

Hello Everyone!

 

Save the date 27 October Friday 2pm-4pm – Huge Book Sale hosted by Bream Library.

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Amazing news! Bream Community Library wins the David Vaisey Prize!

It was announced on Twitter about a half hour ago that Bream Community Library has won the David Vaisey Prize. I nearly choked on my coffee in my excitement!

Here is one of our volunteers Jim Robertson with the David Vaisey Judge Anne Robinson and  Alan Bennett.

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From left to right – Anne Robinson, Alan Bennett and Jim Robertson

Bream Community Library was shortlisted for our ‘imaginative initiative to increase the number of children to visit the library.’ According to the David Vaisey website [http://davidvaiseyprize.co.uk/latest-news/] We run a regular LEGO club where children build LEGO projects and gain inspiration from LEGO books which they read with their parents.

Jim Robertson and Craig Tait run the LEGO Build club every Thursday between 5.30pm – 6.30pm at the library. Pic 1

Huge well done to all the volunteers who make Build Club such a success, none of this would have been possible without you!

Thank you David Vaisey for this incredible honour, we are humbled and inspired to do even more!

Bream Reading Club Reviews Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

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Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

Total stars out of 5: 3.5

All the members were really entranced with the lyrical language. Once we had started reading we couldn’t put the book down.  We also agreed the beginning of the book was far better than the rest. There was humour, good dialogue, and we could relate to the characters and their story and feel invested in the story of Silver.

Some excellent thoughts from one of our members:

“The book itself is told with multiple stories, the reader has to get used to popping from tale to tale, from old sea legends to the exploits of a bigamous Victorian clergyman and Silver’s own story of a displaced child growing into confused womanhood, with problems if her own.

Another theme that runs parallel to the story telling is that of light and darkness. ‘Darkness is a presence. I learned to see in it…’ (pg20). Silver learns to see thought the figurative darkness of her situation and the real darkness of her surroundings, just as Pew has coped with his blindness.

Stories are also linked to the theme of light ‘…it was soon discovered that every light had a story – no, every light was a story, and the flashes themselves were stories going out over the waves, as markers and guides and comfort and warning.’ (pg41)

Silver herself makes sense of her own life by telling it as story – Pew told her. ‘…if you can tell yourself like a story, it doesn’t seem so bad.’ (pg27)

Winterson’s prose is an absolute delight and anyone who has lived in close proximity if the sea will understand the rhythmic power of the lighthouse beam, turning, searching, and reaching out to hose seeking safe harbour.”

When the lighthouse was earmarked for automation it was like Silver was cast adrift and you could feel it in the vagueness of her story from then on. Not having the lighthouse as her anchor she didn’t know how to interact with the ‘normal’ world. Silver appears to be amoral, she does things that are ‘wrong’ but she simply doesn’t see it that way. Stealing a parrot and stalking a librarian. She spends some time in a mental institution thought we are not giving details as to what the doctors actually thought was troubling her, or how long she spent there.

I personally didn’t like the part about the librarian not being entirely helpful to Silver, even though all she wanted was to read a book. Silver didn’t feel welcomed in the library and I felt outraged on her behalf. The conclusion of Silver’s story takes her back to the lighthouse where she essentially breaks in to recapture her past or find some closure as her life has been ‘all over the place’ since she left the security of the lighthouse.

#GetOnlineWeek #try1thing

2 -8 October is Get Online Week. Come to the library and we will help you Get Online!

 

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