Bestselling author to visit the city to mark the opening of Normanton Library

Thu 21 Nov 2019

Normanton Library which is to be based at St Augustine’s Community Centre opens on 27 November 2019. There will be a series of opening events spread over four days to showcase what the new library can offer.

Authors, storytellers and face painters as well as an exciting ‘CSI Whodunit Event’ where people can join the fun and solve the burglary in the library using forensic science are all on the line-up.

The library’s formal opening will take place on Wednesday 27 November with an official ribbon cutting at 10am. A children’s storyteller will delight the first visitors at 10.30am and 1.30pm with wonderfully engaging readings.

From the ribbon being cut right through to 7pm there will be information stands where people can find out more about, code clubs, rhymetimes, job clubs eBooks, the Local Studies library, the home library service and The Reading Project. And of course, people can borrow books and use the computers too!

On Thursday 28 November, the library will be open between 1pm and 5pm with internet taster sessions at 2pm. From 6pm-9pm the ‘CSI Whodunit Event: Burglary in the Library’ will take place for families with children aged 8 and over.

On Friday 29 November the library will be open from 9:30am-5pm, during which there will be fun interactive shows at 10:30am and 1.30 pm. These are free, one hour sessions of music and laughter for pre-school children and their carers.

The evening event welcomes bestselling author Vaseem Khan from 6-7:30pm who will be presenting and reading from his latest novel in ‘Bad Day at the Vulture Club’, which is the fifth book in the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series. This book sees Inspector Chopra and Ganesha investigate the death of a wealthy Parsee in Mumbai’s notorious Towers of Silence.

Saturday’s events include an Arabic calligraphy workshop with Razwan Ul-Haq from 11am-12.30pm. Ul-Haq uses classical Arabic Calligraphy techniques to create contemporary pieces of art. His work  has been featured in the Times and on BBC and Channel4.

Between 10:30am and 12:30pm there will be art and craft workshops and face painting for children to enjoy.

Activities for all the events are free of charge. During the events, the library will be fully operational with plenty of opportunity for people to browse the shelves, borrow books and use the computers.

Once open, the library’s opening hours will be Monday 9:30am-5pm, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday 9:30am-7pm, Thursday 1pm-5pm, Friday 9:30am-5pm and Saturday 9:30am-1pm.

Visit the library page here