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Libraries all set for ‘Big Friendly’ challenge

Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries & Arts service is setting a ‘Big Friendly’ challenge for younger readers The Big Friendly Read is this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, and young people are invited to join their local libraries in celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read at least six books ...

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Community library bid deadline looms

Groups interested in taking over the running of Staffordshire’s remaining community libraries must act within days. With 11 libraries having completed the process of transferring to the community, applications for the remaining dozen can be made until July 29th. Successful applicants will be supported by the county council to take over the day-to-day running and management of the library. Gill ...

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Unique exhibition now at Codsall Library

Tolkien Exhibition at Codsall Library

An exhibition celebrating Staffordshire’s links with the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings has arrived at Codsall Library as part of a year-long tour. Visitors to the “J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker” exhibition, will be able to explore the personal story of a young, newly-married army officer and also the continuation of a literary ...

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Final date approaching for community library bids

Groups interested in taking over the running of Staffordshire’s remaining community libraries have to act before the end of this month. With 11 libraries having almost completed the process of transferring to the community, applications for the remaining dozen can be made until July 29th. Successful applicants will be supported by the county council to take over the day-to-day running ...

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Still time for county teens to vote for their top reads

Author Tom Becker

Staffordshire’s Library Chief is urging the county’s teenage book lovers not to miss out on voting for their favourite read. The Young Teen Fiction Awards is an annual book award, designed to encourage the county’s young people to enjoy reading books and share their enthusiasm with others. Now in its twelfth year, the countywide initiative invites youngsters aged between 11 ...

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Aspiring young writers invited to apply for top poetry competition

Matilda Houston-Brown

Budding writers in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are being reminded that there’s still time to put pen to paper to enter a county-wide poetry competition. For the fourth year running, the county council and the city council have joined forces to recruit a new Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, who will hold the post for a year. The competition ...

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County teens to celebrate top reads at museum

SChoolchildren holding book

Young readers from across Staffordshire will gather in force at a top Midlands venue for the grand finale of their annual book award. The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford will once again play host to Staffordshire’s Young Teen Fiction Award Celebration Day. The Young Teen Fiction Award, now in its twelfth year, is designed to encourage the county’s young people ...

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Tolkien in Staffordshire exhibition on the move

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

An exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire begins a year-long tour across the region. This fascinating insight into the early years of one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by almost 4,000 visitors during its stay at the Museum of Cannock Chase. “J.R.R. Tolkien ...

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Call for budding Staffordshire poets to celebrate where they live

Bert Flitcroft and Matilda Houston-Brown

Bert Flitcroft, Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate, is inviting the county’s residents to create a ‘picture in words’ about their own locality. Bert is planning to tour the county with a series of workshops, entitled ‘So this is where we live…’ aimed at creating a collection of new poems, written by local people, about their own special part of Staffordshire. The Staffordshire ...

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