Organising an Author Event

Posted on 8 March, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Organising an Author Event

Over the last few months I’ve been working behind the scenes to do a task which I have wanted to do for the last five years. And it was everything I had hoped it would be – and so much more. So, being that I’m a blogger, I thought it would be a good idea to blog about it all!

First of all, as it is the first event we’ve hosted at my library for a long time, we had to start off with getting some contacts. So myself and a colleague headed to our local Waterstones and met up with the Event Manager there. And this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship and future collaborations between the library and our local bookshop – it has been wonderful!

Next up, we organised the best date for the author and the library – including staff! With the date settled, we were on to the most important part of the planning – marketing and publicity!

I have to say here that my colleague was absolutely amazing at this. I am in awe of her wonderful skills and she was just incredible at getting the word out about the event. We had flyers in the library, flyers outside of the library, flyers in cafes and shops and supermarkets. Then we were tweeting about the event, Waterstones were also tweeting about the event and it was put out on Facebook too. It was all pretty marvelous.

A few weeks beforehand we also set up the book as our book of the week, and all the books had a little bookmark with details of the event inside too! (As did quite a lot of our other stock!)

While all of that was happening, we were organising the timeline of how the event would pan out. When and where the chairs would come from, how much petty cash we could use on refreshments – what posters would be needed on the day. And organising to get some volunteers in to help for the event.

It was difficult and stressful with a few hurdles along the way but then it was the day of the event and everything that happened previously was forgotten about. Every last thing was put into place and I made sure that all the staff and volunteers who were around on the evening knew what they were doing and when everything would be happening.

And then it started and it went so well. Our author was brilliant and kept all of the audience engaged throughout. He had a presentation and a slideshow to go along with his talk, he had a chocolate spread taste test and a car all decked out like those in his books as well. And it all just went along smoothly.

We also had our local Waterstones on hand to sell his book too – because we made sure to have made that connection.

What I really loved about it was seeing it happen. I loved making sure that everything was set up right, and went smoothly. I felt well and truly in my element on the night and I am certain that I would love to continue organising events from now on. Sometimes you just find the thing that you’re good at and, without sounding my own trumpet too much, I feel that this might just be mine.

So, I cannot wait to do it all over again!

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Posted on 8 March, 2017 by Faye - No Comments


National Libraries Day 2013!

Posted on 9 February, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


February 9th 2013 is National Library Day here in the UK and so I felt it was only right that I did a post for you all today on libraries and how much I really think that they are absolutely brilliant. Libraries are a place for people to go where they can be subjected to a vast majority of titles which they can borrow for free, they can borrow audio-books and DVDs, they can use the computers and internet for free (including WiFi), and there is always a strong focus on getting children more involved with reading and coming into the library.

And, if all of that wasn’t enough, there are also, in this new digital age, e-books and e-audiobooks that library members can borrow as well.

But enough about all of the borrowing side of libraries. That is mostly common knowledge, it is after all, the definition of libraries to LEND items to library members. But what few people may realise is everything else that the library and library staff offer to its members. For example, did you know that you may be able to book rooms in your library where you can hold meetings, or book clubs, or courses, or even classes? Or did you know that if you were looking for information on well, anything you could step into your local library and simply ask for help? It is possible you did know all of this and that this post is not a very informative post for you at all, but I have a feeling that some of these services were new to a few of you.

On top of all of that, as though that wasn’t enough, UK libraries also usually have children events throughout the week such as Storytime and Rhymetime to help the little ones interested in reading. There is also a Homework help area, other events held throughout the year, the Summer Reading Challenge, fun arts and craft events, and a lot of the time there will also be activity sheets for the children when they come into the library as well.

With all of these great services, how is it possible to not step into your local library and see what they can do for YOU? While not all libraries will have every service on offer, it is very likely that they will have more on offer than you first thought and would be willing to point you in the direction of larger libraries with more services as well. So why not head to YOUR local library today and find out more!

Besides, librarians are usually pretty friendly. :D


Some quotes from famous people and authors that I like about libraries;

“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” – Rita Mae Brown
“Libraries are our friends.” – Neil Gaimon
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” – Ray Bradbury
“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” – Katherine Hepburn
“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” – Linton Weeks
“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.” – Germaine Greer
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” – Sidney Sheldon
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” – Andrew Carniege

All these quotes (and MANY more) can be found here


Really, with all the government cuts to funding, with all the worry of schools without libraries, I worried about the future of libraries but these days, I’m not so panicked about it because even with this new age of technology, I am certain that libraries will still be needed. We may not always be there stocked with paper books, DVD hardcopies or CD audiobooks, but when all of these things disappear, we’ll still provide digital copies. Plus, we will be a place that will have e-readers to use in store, computers and laptops to search, and we’ll always have the information service with trained staff able to search the mass internet effectively.

There is a reason why there are still libraries mentioned in sci-fi movies, and that is because libraries are stronger than many think and I am certain that they will be here for many, many, more years to come.

What are your thoughts on libraries?

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Posted on 9 February, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Library!

Posted on 8 November, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments

As some of you may know if you’ve seen on twitter, or noticed my updated bio, I have just started a new job working in my local library. I only work two days a week, but to me it is so much better than not working there at all!

Anyway, this week was my first week and now that it is officially over and I’m too tired to write a review or a long post, I thought that I would post something today that shows just how brilliant my job is.

I found this on tumblr and take no credit for the picture or its origin.

library

Why not start using yours more? =]

Faye

Posted on 8 November, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments