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Libraries looking forward to busy October!

October is a busy month for Wirral Libraries with the annual Bookfest and Get Online Week 2017.

Bookfest

This year's Bookfest features 12 very diverse author events, covering genres from horror to humour and sci-fi to romance.

Authors supporting Wirral Bookfest this year include Maureen Lee, the popular author whose books are set in her home city of Liverpool. Crime-writer Kate Ellis, who was recently short-listed for ‘The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library 2017 award’, is also taking part, as is local horror writer, Ramsey Campbell.

Other writers involved in Bookfest 2017 are Andy Sawyer (science fiction), Elizabeth Gates (historical), David Hewitt (military, social,  legal and political history), Angela Brabin (local history), Shirley Jones (literature), Dean Johnson (poetry), Howard White & Ian Sloan (humour/satire) and Diane Hinds, who literally wrote the book on ‘How to Promote your Book’!  

All events are free, with refreshments kindly provided by the Friends of Wirral Libraries. Booking is essential and can be done by contacting elainewilson@wirral.gov.uk or telephoning Elaine on 0151 639 2334 or 07785 502 018. Alternately, you call in to any central library.

Get Online Week

Wirral Libraries is hosting three events as part of Get Online Week 2017, the theme this year is to #try1thing:

West Kirby Library is hosting 'Tea and Tech' get together on Monday, October 2, from 2-4pm. This is for anyone who has ever wanted to shop, keep in touch, or apply for a job online but lacks the skills or needs extra help. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and there will also be a representative from Borrowbox (Wirral Libraries e-book provider) with advice on using the Borrowbox app. Everyone attending the event will be entered into a free prize draw to win a tablet and there will be free tea and cake.

West Kirby Library is also hosting a free Social Media for Business Workshop on Monday, October 2, from 5pm -7pm. This is aimed at people who are thinking about starting their own business. Our free workshop – delivered by a specialist practitioner - will provide the tools and techniques to maximise the benefits of social media, reach your target audience more effectively, gain new followers and customers and win more business.

You'll learn how to:

  • Create strong Social Media profiles and pages
  • Build a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other social networks
  • Develop a Social Media plan
  • Serve your customers on Social Media
  • Use tracking and measurement tools

Places are limited and booking essential. Book by emailing kayleighclarke@altvalley.co.uk or call 0151 546 5514.

Wallasey Central Library is also holding a Tea and Tech session on Thursday October 5, from 10am-12noon. See 'Tea and Tech' at West Kirby (above) for info.

Wirral's programme has been supported by the digital inclusion charity, The Good Things Foundation.

Sci-fi fun at Wallasey Central Library

 Wallasey Central Library is holding two days of event on a sci-fi theme, including film screenings, visit by replica Daleks and Marvel drawing session. See details here.