On Thursday 21st March, a crowded library heard Professor Michelle Brown give an illustrated talk on the history of the local area, covering the period from pre-history to medieval times. She packed a great deal of fascinating information into her talk, and we all learnt a lot about both familiar and less familiar local landmarks. We were delighted with the turnout, and raised about £185 for our funds.
There was another big audience for the launch of the paperback of Patrick Gale's latest novel, "Take Nothing With You" on 4th April. Patrick talked about his work on the book, read extracts and answered questions from the audience. Patrick is one of the patrons of our library charity, and we value his support.
We are pleased to be able to support the spring festival at St Just Miner's Chapel, which is on until 22nd April. Do go and see the Friends of St Just Library display, along with all the other displays by local organisations. Open every day 1pm - 5pm.
Our next event is a poetry evening on 16th May:
We're delighted to announce that we're launching a short story competition in association with Lafrowda, to link in with the 2019 Lafrowda Festival theme "Off the Page".
By short, we really mean short, with a word limit of 200 words, and there are four age categories running from under 7's to adult — so no excuses not to have a go!
The deadline is the 24th May 2019. For more information see our Story Competition information page.
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Of course, it's not just Cornwall that is experiencing dramatic changes to library provision. Up and down the country, communities are having to find new solutions for funding libraries, with many increasingly relying on volunteers.
An excellent website to learn more about the wider picture is Public Libraries News, which includes a list of over 400 volunteer libraries from the UK (with links), as well as copious other information. It's encouraging to read just how much other communities have managed to achieve, and how so many community-run libraries are thriving.