Date: 15/01/2008 Category: Arts and Libraries
Author talk Author Sandra Hempel talks about her award-winning book The Medical Detective at Rochester library at Eastgate on Monday, 28 January 2008 from 7.30pm. The book tells the fascinating story of John Snow, cholera and the mystery of the Broad Street Pump. The evening also includes dramatic readings by actor Peter Godfrey. Please book your free tickets in advance with Rochester library at Eastgate on 01634 337411. Mobile library The mobile library service will not operate from Monday, 21 to Friday, 25 January 2008. The vehicle will be in the garage for service and maintenance. Normal service will resume on Monday, 28 January. If you have any queries please contact Strood library on 01634 335890. Book sale The Friends of Medway Libraries next book sale takes place on Friday, 25 January at Chatham library, from 10am to 3pm. The sale will also include videos and DVDs. Readers’ group Gillingham library readers’ group next meeting takes place on Tuesday, 12 February from 10.30am. The group will be discussing Meg Rosoff’s How I live now and Touching the void by Joe Simpson. It’s free to join the readers’ group and everyone is welcome. To find out more, contact Ron or Sarah at Gillingham library on 01634 337340. Costa Book Award The category winners in this years’ Costa (previously Whitbread) Book Awards were announced earlier this month. Scottish novelist and stand-up comedian A L Kennedy won the Best Novel category for Day. The Best First Novel category was won by Catherine O’Flynn, who visited Medway libraries last July, for What was lost. The Biography category was won by Simon Sebag Montefiore for Young Stalin. The judges said of the book: "Everything you could ask for from a biography - exhaustive research, a compelling subject and a beautifully written narrative that will endure as a portrait of one of the towering figures of modern history." Ann Kelley won this year’s Children’s category for The Bower Bird, a novel about twelve-year-old Gussie, who is waiting for news of a heart transplant operation. The Poetry category was won by Jean Sprackland for Tilt. The overall winner of this years’ prize will be announced on Tuesday, 22 January. Richard and Judy’s book club Medway Libraries has joined forces with the Channel 4 TV programme Richard and Judy to offer all the books featured in this year’s Richard and Judy’s Book Club. The promotion started earlier this month and runs until Wednesday, 12 March. A different book is chosen by the TV programme each week. Titles in this year’s book club include A quiet belief in angels by R J Ellory, A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini and Random acts of heroic love by Danny Scheinmann. A list of all of the titles read by the book club can be found by visiting Medway Libraries’ website at www.medway.gov.uk/libraries. Copies of all of the books are available at Chatham, Strood and Gillingham libraries. Babies bounce into 2008 Gillingham library hosts a baby bounce and rhyme time on Saturday, 26 January, from 3.30pm. Baby bounce and rhyme is a special session for babies that includes action rhymes, play, singing and the chance to meet with other new parents. It’s relaxing and fun, and all parents and babies are welcome. Don’t worry how young your baby is, bring them along and enjoy sharing rhymes and playing with them. It’s free and refreshments are provided. Contact Gillingham library on 01634 337340 if you have any queries.