Events

 UPCOMING EVENTS:

Every Friday during term time - Song & Rhyme time for 0-2yrs at 2pm, Storytime for accompanied under 5s at 2.30pm.

Every Saturday - LEGO Club, 10am-12noon. (We do have a good selection of DUPLO too for smaller children). All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

1st Saturday of each month - 10am-12noon - POP UP CAFE                                                                                                                                                                                   

2018 - 

January 2018 - Babies into Books - full details will be announced shortly

30th January, 7pm - Come and meet local author, Chris Longden, who writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her style is 'comedy-drama' and she will be presenting her latest novel 'Cuckoo in the Chocolate' - set here - in our very own Holme Valley. Chris is also a champion of libraries and works with Kirklees Libraries to bring in reluctant readers and to make the best use of our resources. Chris has donated 20 copies of her books to Kirklees' ebook and audiobook collection, so that  library members don't have to part with their hard-earned cash! Chris prefers 'real books' herself, but wants to also use the event as a chance to show partcipants how to use Kirklees ebook service. During the evening a librarian will be on hand to help you access the collection and also demonstrate the libraries' new PressReader digital magazine and newspaper resource - so please download the 'Overdrive' App onto your devices and come prepared - if you would like to make the most of this excellent - free - local service!  All you need is your library card number and pin. This is a free event with refreshments.

February half term - A workshop with Kate Pankhurst, writer & illustrator - full details will be announced shortly

13th March - 7pm-9pm - Spring Poetry Readaround - Bring your own poems to read, some favourites or just relax and listen. If you wish, bring a spare copy of your poems for us to display in the library. Free entry with refreshments.

14th April, 2pm - Local historian, Peter Marshall of Honley Civic Society, will be giving a talk on local history. Full details to follow.

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4th January 2018 at Honley Library - A Tiger's Tale interactive drama workshops - As part of Honley Library Children's Literature Festival, Lawrence Batley Theatre Company ran interactive drama workshops for children themed on 'A Tiger's Tale' based on the story of Fenella the Holmfirth Tiger! The workshops introduced children to theatre production. Children had fun developing their theatre skills to interpret the story. It was great to see everyone working together and putting on a performance at the end. Two workshops were held throughout the day, 10am-12noon for children aged 4-7years and 1pm-3pm for children aged 8-11years. Thanks to everyone who came and to Sohail and Siobhan for making it such a fun day! (Photos to follow)

29th December at Honley Village Hall - Jack & the Beanstalk interactive theatre workshops - As part of Honley Library Children's Literature Festival, Lawrence Batley Theatre Company ran interactive theatre workshops exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through storytelling and theatre games. The workshops were an introduction of this classic folk tale for this year's LBT Christmas pantomime. Each workshop used song, storytelling and drama games in a fun and exciting way to explore the characters, settings and story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Two workshops were held throughout the day, 10am-12noon for children aged 4-7years and 1pm-3pm for children aged 8-11years. Thanks to everyone who came. (Photos to follow)

18th December, 1pm-3pm - Christmas SCRAPtastic workshops - to celebrate the launch of SCRAPtastic; the book; fairandfunky ran a Free Christmas SCRAPtastic workshop at Honley Library. SCRAPtastic workshops use recycled materials to create individual works of art. Children had fun creating Christmas Pen Pot Pals. The SCRAPtastic book was also available to buy! This event was open to families of all ages. Photos to follow.

 5th December, 7pm-9pm - Christmas Poetry Readaround with Christmas/Literary Quiz - Seventeen guests from Honley and beyond joined us for an evening of poetry and prose themed around Christmas and winter. Guests read their own poems and some favourites. We had a wonderful array of poems from the deeply moving to the humorous. We then enjoyed some festive refreshments and all took part in our quiz. Well done to Trevor for winning the quiz - Trevor had come all the way from Bradford to join us! Thank you to everyone who came and made it a lovely evening. (Photo to follow)

5th December, 6pm-7pm - Friends of Honley Library hosted a small thank you get together for all those who had generously supported the library in refurbishing the workroom and toilet. We would like to say a huge thank you to: The Huddersfield Common Good Trust, Felix Eaton and the staff of Replan UK Limited, Atlas Bathrooms, Al-Murad tiles, P Morris Plumber, Neil Schofield and Lawrence Jones. 

2nd December - Christmas at Honley Library - We had a wonderful day at the library. We started the day off with our LEGO Club which saw lots of children creating brilliant pieces of work. (Photos to follow) At 1pm we had a special festive storytime with David and the childlren were so absorbed in the story that they didin't notice our special visitor - Father Christmas! We also had two special elves 'Christmas' and 'Frosty' - Santa's little helpers! (Photos to follow) At 2pm we had a workshop with Ali O'Neill, a professional illustrator, and children made their own Christmas cards. We had some super cards made and the children showed amazing imaginations. (Photos to follow) Our Pop Up Cafe was also running all day. It was great to see so many people in the library, thanks to everyone who came and made it such a special day.

10th November, 3.30pm-4.30pm - Winter Craft Activity with Emily - We were joined by 20 local children for an after school craft activity. We made winter themed decorations to use to decorate the library. Everyone had fun and the works look super up on display in the library! Photos to follow.

11th November, 2pm-3pm - Glass painting lanterns with Bridget - suitable for children aged 6-10yrs. Bridget was joined by 17 children who designed and decorated glass lanterns ready for Honley Christmas Lights Parade on 18th November at 6pm in the People's Park. The children also decorated a tea light to give as a Christmas present or keep for themselves! 

28th October, 10am-12.30pm - Book, Cake & Plant Sale & Coffee Morning - held at St Mary's Church Parish Rooms - Thank you to everyone who supported us at this event. It was great to see so many people. It was a lovely morning and we raised a brilliant £300 to support Honley Library events. The residue of books have gone to support Kirkwood Hospice, an overseas charity and our Parish Church. Photos to follow.

25th October, 11am - 'Shark in the Dark' Storytime - Twenty children joined Helen Harrison for a fun and interactive storytime with Nick Sharratt's new book 'Shark in the Dark'. Afterwards they enjoyed singing, games and craft activities. The children produced some super creative artwork and scary sharks! Well done everyone! We even got a reply on Twitter from Nick Sharratt himself - "Wow! It looks like you had a brilliant time. I'm impressed at all the ways you found to make scary sharks." Photos to follow.

10th October, 7pm-9pm - Autumn Poetry Readaround - Twenty eight guests from Honley and beyond joined us at our Autumn Poetry Readaround. There was also a special 'guest' - Ebony, the mascot for the Black Horse Poets of Wakefield. Guests read their own pieces of poetry, as well as some favourites. There was a wide range of poetry from Autumn to spiders to duvets and Jane Austen to Thomas Hardy, which were funny, moving and thought provoking. We even had a poem on the 'Magic of Magdale'. One guest sang the poems of John Clare to his own musical composition on guitar, which was extremely haunting yet beautiful. Guests also enjoyed refreshments and the now famous 'Friends' delicious home made cakes! Thank you to everyone who attended and for making it a very special evening.

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 7th October, 10am-12noon - Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friends of Honley Library would like to thank everyone who supported them at a very successful coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It was a lovely morning and great to see so many people in the library, enjoying one another's company and the delicious home made cakes, whilst making a difference. We raised a fantastic £190. Well done everyone! 

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4th October - Kirklees Libraries Volunteer Awards

Kirklees Libraries held its annual volunteer awards on 4th October at Huddersfield Library. This is the chance for us all to get together and celebrate the fabulous work all of our volunteers do to support our libraries, and to recognise the special contributions of our award winners.

Amongst the categories was the Community Award which celebrates those who support us to deliver vibrant and engaging activities that help make sure our libraries stay at the heart of the community. It was one of the most competitive categories, she was up against some impressive competition, and was won by Carrie Birch from Honley Library.

Carrie received three separate nominations from her fellow volunteers:

Carrie Birch is the Volunteer Co-ordinator at Honley Library and we are in awe of her passion for libraries. Under her leadership we have increased the number of volunteers, made huge strides in working together with FoHL and run a successful Children's Literature Festival. Fundraising has been a strength, with a sponsored swim and the successful securement of three grants to enable children's events for 2 years. She has contributed immensely to the future of Honley Library by recruiting volunteers and supporting the management structure for the library as well as volunteering in the library herself. Carrie's commitment to Honley Library is exemplary - cut her in half and she'd have Honley Library through the middle, like Blackpool Rock! Congratulations Carrie!

Carrie believes that volunteering at the library works best for volunteers when they feel that they are getting back personal satisfaction.

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12th September, 7.30pm-9pm - An evening with Jo Haslam, acclaimed widely published prize-winning poet. Jo is the winner of 2012 Mslexia Competition, prize winner in the National Poetry Competition 2010 & 2015 and recipient of a Straid award for 'On the Kiso Road'.

Throughout September the library service focused on their Business offer, aiming to ensure customers and community know what support they can offer businesses or business ideas. Members of the public were invited to come along to a drop in session at Honley Library between 1.30pm & 4.30pm on 15th September to see what free support is on offer. Lots of other business events were happening at other Kirklees Libraries. 

Honley Library Children's Literature Festival 2017 - This was made possible with grants from Holme Valley Parish Council and the Kirklees Rural District Committee. Also by the volunteers and Friends of Honley Library.

31st August, 1.30pm-2.30pm - Origami  Workshop - A chance for everyone to get creative and learn about the Japanese art of paper folding. What is hidden in a sheet of paper? Birds, little fish and other animals were hiding in there! This was for children aged 7-11years.

29th August, 10.30am-11.30am - Origami Workshop - A chance for everyone to get creative and learn about the Japanese art of paper folding. What is hidden in a sheet of paper? Birds, little fish and other animals were hiding in there! This was for children aged 4-7years. 

25th August, 10.30am-11.30am - Poetry and Percussion - Katie from Honley Samba Band returned to the library bringing poetry alive with funky beats. Children had fun making a noise in the library by composing their own funky rhythms to the words of Roald Dahl's 'Gruesome Tales of Wild Animals - Dirty Beasts!'. This was an inclusive event open to all but most suited to 7-11 year olds. Photo to follow

21st August, 10am-11.30am - Fair and Funky came to Honley Library - an art, craft and drama workshop about endangered animal species, using John Burningham's story 'Oi! Get off our Train'. The morning included story reading, drama, mask making and other crafts using recycled materials. Children found out how endangered species work to save each other! This was an inclusive event open to all but most suited to 3-12 year olds. 

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 18th August, 10.30am-12.30pm - Dean with Creatures - a creative workshop - this was a Kirklees Library event

17th August - Andrew Cope - children's author of 'Spy Dogs' & 'Spy Cats' visited Honley Library - this was a Kirklees Library event (Photo to follow)

15th August, 2.30pm-4pm - Bug Hunt Story Walk - as part of the 'Animal Agents' Summer Reading Challenge - this was a Kirklees Library event

10th August, 10am-11.30am - Storytelling through Art at Hope Bank Works, Honley - Honley Library joined forces with the Children's Art School for a session of storytelling and making. Everyone had fun getting their hands, feet and faces dirty! The children created their own mini beasts and stuck them onto a group made jungle print which is now on display in the library and looks amazing! Well done everyone! (This was an inclusive event but most suited to 3-7 year olds) 

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3rd August, 10.30am-11.30am - DIY Animal Cupcakes - Children joined Bridget (one of our volunteers) to make cake decorations that feature favourite animals. Some brought their own home made buns to decorate or used ones which were provided. Each took home at least six cupcakes to be admired by family and friends! (This was for 9-16 year olds)

1st August, 10am & 11.30am - Animal Agents LIVE! - Children had the chance to meet animals featured in some of the Honley Library books. Everyone got the opportunity to see some amazing mini beasts and reptiles up close. They learned how they move, felt their textures and learned lots about their special skills with Alex of Lion Learners. (This was an inclusive event but most suited to 4-7 year olds and due to popular demand we held two sessions) 

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27th July, 9.30am-11am - Journaling  Workshop  - Local artist Alexandra Glew-O'Leary joined us for an interactive session making and using handmade journals to explore drawing and collage. (This was an inclusive event but most suited to 10-13year olds)Photos to follow

27th June, 7pm-9pm - Two Tykes on T' Loose

A packed Honley Library was full of laughter and song when over thirty people enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating Yorkshireness in song and story with Rod Dimbleby (local author and storyteller) and Eddie Lawler (locally known as the 'Bard of Saltaire'). Rod told us traditional Yorkshire tales spoken in Yorkshire dialect. Eddie sang some of his own written songs with wide ranging themes from Harry Ramsdens to the Brontes, as well as a 300 year old ballad about Leeds, we even got to join in with the singing! Guests enjoyed the now famous 'Friends' homemade cakes and were able to buy copies of Rod's books and Eddie's CDs. Everyone agreed it had been a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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9th June, 2.20pm - A special sensory storytime with Goldilocks and the Three Bears told by Bridget Crabtree and Helen Harrison.

23rd May, 7pm-9pm - Poetry Readaround

Friends of Honley Library hosted their Poetry Readaround and the evening was well attended. Guests read their own pieces of poetry, as well as some favourites. There was a wide range of poetry which was funny, moving and thought provoking. One guest sang the poems of John Clare and Thomas Hardy to his own musical composition on guitar, which was extremely haunting yet beautiful. Guests also enjoyed refreshments with the now famous 'Friends' delicious home made cakes. Thank you to everyone who attended and for making it a very special evening. 

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13th April, 11am-12noon - Storytelling, crafts and singing all themed around 'The Rhyming Rabbit' by Julia Donaldson 

18th April, 10.30am-11.30am - As part of the Pageturners Children's Reading Festival - Children enjoyed a morning listening to Stories from the Punjab and Beyond with author Peter Chand. Peter shared his stories from Singapore to Southall, Dublin to Delhi, Canada to Cardiff and many a place in between. 

21st April, 10am-12noon - As part of the Pageturners Children's Reading Festival - Children enjoyed a creative art workshop with The Children's Art School, working together on large scale artworks to be displayed in the libraries. They also created their very own masks to take home.

10th April, 6.30pm - 8pm - 'The Friday Poets' led by Doris Corti, prize winning, widely published poet, author and freelance writer, currently tutor of Huddersfield U3A poetry workshops

Visitors enjoyed an evening of poetry themed around 'Inspiration & Imagination'.  Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances Doris Corti was unable to attend the event. 'The Friday Poets' read a selection of their own poems as well as some of Doris's prize winning poems.

1st April, 10am-12noon - Charity Coffee Morning in aid of the Mayor's charity - The Royal British Legion

Friends of Honley Library would like to thank everyone who attended their charity coffee morning in aid of the Mayor's charity, The Royal British Legion. Visitors enjoyed an informal morning of coffee, cake and conversation. There was a raffle and delicious home made cakes for sale. A big thank you as well to Rita from the Honley Library Knit and Natter Group who had knitted Easter chicks complete with easter egg and sold them on the morning with all proceeds also going to The Royal British Legion.

The morning was a great success and raised a total of £170. Thank you to everyone who made it a very special morning.

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 28th February, 7pm-9pm - 'Spring into Poetry' 

Over 30 people enjoyed a wonderful evening of poetry and prose. Guests read their own poems as well as some favourites. There was a variety of Spring poems which made us feel as though Spring was on its way! Some guests read their own poems of betrayal and loss which were extremely moving. There was even an ode to Emily Bronte! We also heard a poem entitled 'Lifeboat' by Anne Broadbent who was a finalist in the Huddersfield Literature Festival 'Courage Is' Poetry Competition. Thank you to everyone who attended and for making it such an inspiring evening.

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23rd February - 3.30pm - Mardi Gras came to Honley Library! We all had great fun and enjoyed some sensory story telling, mask making and a mini samba workshop. 

Monday 5th December, 7pm-9pm - Christmas Poetry Readaround with guests Honley Male Voice Choir's '8 in a Bar'.

A packed Honley Library was treated to a special performance from Honley Male Voice Choir's '8 in a Bar'. Songs performed included Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair, Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love, All I have to do is Dream and a Beatles medley, in addition to the '8 in a Bar' classics The Rose, The Gambler and Unchained Melody, finishing with Christmas Carols. This year '8 in a Bar' were invited to perform in Oswestry on the borders of Wales at the opening of an Events and Function Suite named 'Carriages', which was extremely well received. 

The 'Friends' presented '8 in a Bar' with a donation for Honley Male Voice Choir.

The audience read Christmas and winter themed poetry, as well as some favourites. Guests also enjoyed festive refreshments and a special cake, made by Ruth Colquhoun of Mirfield, to celebrate the 80 years anniversary of Honley Library and Honley Male Voice Choir. Guests were able to buy copies of the Honley Male Voice Choir CD - Voices in Harmony - celebrating their 80 years. Also on view for the evening was the display showing the history of Honley Library throughout its 80 years, created by some of the 'Friends' which was unveiled by the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees at a recent celebration.

In addition to providing entertainment at lots of local events, Honley Male Voice Choir marked their 80th Anniversary with a visit to Llandudno, North Wales, where the full choir gave a performance to an appreciative audience at St John's Methodist Church, where a local harpist accompanied them. Two weeks later they performed to a full house at the Poulton-le-Fylde Methodist Church, Lancashire, where they last sang 30 years ago.

Honley Male Voice Choir are appearing in concert with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band at Huddersfield Town Hall on Saturday 10th December, 7.15pm. If you enjoy singing, new members are welcome (see their website www.honleymvc.co.uk

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 Saturday 5th November, 12noon-2pm - Honley Library 80th Anniversary Celebration & Display

Friends of Honley Library celebrated Honley Library's 80th Anniversary and were proud to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees unveil a new display, created by Caroline Page, Joe Hodgson and Steve Dufton, which shows the history of the Library throughout its 80 years. We were joined by guests from Kirklees Library Services, Honley Village Trust, Honley Civic Society, Honley Business Association, St Mary's Church, Trinity Church, Historians from the Local History Society, our local Councillor and local residents and users of the library, one of whom, Mrs Kathleen Dyson, remembered the Library being built. There was a special cake commemorating the event, which was cut by Carol Stump, Chief Librarian Kirklees Council, which everyone enjoyed with refreshments whilst reading the display and sharing their own memories of Honley Library. Here's to the next 80 years!

A brief history of Honley Library:-

- The first Library in Honley was called 'The Honley Book Club' and was started in 1750. It was the earliest subscription library in Huddersfield.

- Members met once a month at 'The George and Dragon Inn' on Westgate, which was later converted into a Working Men's Club. Members met not only to obtain books, but also to discuss the literature of the time.

- In 1800 the Book Club moved to 'Ye Wheat Sheaf Inn' on Southgate. Numbers dwindled and by 1823 only seven members remained and the Club was disbanded.

- In the 1920s a free lending library was running in the Co-operative Society's premises on Concord Street; it was open on Friday evenings.

- In 1935 the West Riding County Council bought the land for the present Library from Honley Urban District Council; the price was £250. This was in fact the site of the old Honley Workhouse which closed in 1876.

- On Monday 9th March, Honley's new Library was opened. It was built by the West Riding County Council. A quarter of the cost and equipment and book stock was paid for by the Carnegie Trust.

- The Library contained 2500 books, served a population of nearly 5000 and there were over 1000 registered readers in the district.

- The Library was open to adults on four evenings a week and on two afternoons. Children could use the library on two evenings a week between six and seven o'clock.

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 Saturday 29th October, 10am-12noon - Book Sale, Bric a Brac and Coffee Morning - St Mary's Church Parish Rooms, Church Street, Honley

Friends of Honley Library would like to thank everyone who supported them at their Book Sale/Bric a Brac and Coffee Morning. It was a great success! There was a good selection of quality books and Bric a Brac which had all been donated. Refreshments were available and delicious home made cakes were available to buy. We raised a fantastic £392.10, so a huge thank you to the people of Honley and beyond for your continued support. Thanks also go to St Mary's Church for being so helpful and accommodating.

Friday 28th October, 10am-11am - Conrad Burdekin visits Honley Library

Children at Honley Library, aged between 3 and 8 years, had a wonderful workshop with Conrad Burdekin, a fun, unique and enthusiastic writer, storyteller and poet who inspires children up and down the country to want to write. 

Conrad had the children and their adults spellbound from the outset with his interactive and engaging storytelling. Conrad also read some poems from his books and then provided the children with a format for writing their very own poem on the theme of Halloween. The session finished with a number of the children reading out their poems. 

Everyone agreed it had been a fun filled morning and we have since heard anecdotes of children reciting poems and finding much fun in Conrad's books. We would highly recommend Conrad for anybody who is working with children and struggling to engage them with poetry.

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 Saturday 1st October, 10am-12noon - Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friends of Honley Library hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning. There was also a raffle and tombola as well as lots of delicious home made cakes. The morning was a great success and raised £178.28 for this very worthwhile cause. The 'Friends' would like to thank everyone who came along and supported them.

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Thursday 22nd September, 1.30pm-3pm - 'Kirklees Curiosities'

Friends of Honley Library hosted a fascinating local history talk by Carol Hardy entitled 'Kirklees Curiosities" followed by a question and answer session. Carol has lived in the Kirklees area all her life and has worked at Huddersfield Library for 16 years, mostly in Local History. The talk featured lots of interesting facts and photographs about local odd and unusual items, architecture and shops - things we may pass each day without realising they are there. The audience agreed they would be walking with eyes wide open from now on! If you would like to find out more information, please visit the 'Kirklees Curiosities' website.

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Saturday 3rd September - Pop-Up Cafe & Farewell to Louise 

After 17 years at Honley Library we said goodbye to Louise as we wished her well in her new post at Holmfirth Library. Yes, there was cake!! Thank you Louise for all your help and kindness over the years. We will miss you!

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Meet the Author, Alan Gibbons - Cyberstein at Honley Library, Thursday 11th August, 10am-12 noon.  

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In this fiction workshop, award-winning children's author Alan Gibbons led the children through an exciting fantasy story in which the young hero is fitted with the technology of a mobile phone and becomes the superhero Cyberstein.

Alan demonstrated various techniques to develop writing skills to the children; after writing their story openings, the children got to design a Cyberstein movie poster using their artistic skills.

Alan Gibbons has been writing children's and Young Adult fiction for 26years, with 37 publications. He is the winner of The Blue Peter Book Award 2000 'The book I couldn't put down' for his best-selling book 'Shadow of the Minotaur'. He has won 17 other awards.

Before becoming an author Alan was a teacher for 16years. Alan is a full time writer and independent educational consultant. He is the organiser of the Campaign for the Book which promotes libraries and the culture of reading for pleasure. Alan visits 150-180 schools and libraries a year in the UK and abroad, working with young people to encourage their interest in reading and writing.

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Shark in the Park - Friday 22nd July, 2.30pm, The People's Park, Honley                                                                                           

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We had a wonderful afternoon in Honley Park, taking the library outdoors, the sun was shining too! Children listened to 'Shark in the Park' by Nick Sharratt then had a fun time searching the park for characters from the book. Games and singing followed. Thank you to everyone who came and for making it such a special afternoon. Thank you also to Helen, Emily and Lou for organising such a great event!

Summer Poetry Verses Prose Readaround - Monday 4th July, 7.15pm - 9pm

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Friends of Honley Library hosted their Summer Poetry & Prose Readaround where 20 people attended. Guests read their own poignant, inspiring and funny poems, as well as some favourites. One guest read some recently discovered poems which had been written by her late grandfather and aunt, all of which were extremely moving. There was also a tribute to the late great Victoria Wood with an hilarious double act rendition of 'Let's Do It!' Thank you to everyone who attended and for making it such an enjoyable evening.

Thanks go to Fish & Chicks and G6 Hair Salon of Honley for their kind donations for raffle prizes.

Charity Coffee Morning in aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal - Saturday 23rd April 2016, 10am - 12 noon

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Friends of Honley Library hosted a charity coffee morning which included a book sale, raffle and bran tub for the children, as well as delciious home made cakes, some of which were diabetic friendly! The event was to raise money for the Mayor's Charity Appeal supporting Diabetes care in Kirklees.

Nearly 25,000 people in Kirklees have some form of diabetes with an additional 1 in every 100 who don't know they have it. Lack of exercise and poor diets are the biggest contributing factors for type 2 diabetes, but its preventable in 95% of cases.

Cllr Kane is keen to help people with diabetes in Kirklees receive regular, high quality care to help them manage their condition and reduce the risk of ill health and complications. To donate to the campaign, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For more information about diabetes and to find local support groups see www.diabetes.org.uk

The morning was a great success and raised £135. Friends of Honley Library would like to thank everyone who supported them.

'Spring into Poetry 2016' - Tuesday 12th April 2016, 7.15pm - 9pm

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Friends of Honley Library hosted their Spring Poetry Readaround when over 20 guests read their own poems and favourites, all of which were extremely moving and thought provoking. Thanks go to everyone who attended.

Prize winning poems were read by two members of the U3A Poetry Group run by Doris Corti. Linda Kurowski of Huddersfield read 'A Tree from Verdun (1921)' which won the Friends of Beaumont Park Beautiful Poetry Trail Competition in March and is on display in the park by the pond. Twenty poems were chosen from the competition to create a book and all are on display on granite plaques in the park. Maps are available to explore the trail from the Visitor Centre which is open Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. For further details see www.fobp.co.uk

Anne Broadbent of Honley, also a member of Friends of Honley Library and Dorothy Foster's Holmfirth U3A Creative Writing Group, read 'The Smell of a Dog' which won the adult open poetry class in this year's Mrs Sunderland competition.

Book Sale & Coffee Morning - Saturday 23rd January 2016, 10am - 12 noon

 Friends of Honley Library would like to thank everyone who supported them at St Mary's Church Parish Rooms for their book sale and coffee morning. It was a great success.  There was a wide range of good quality books which had been donated including non-fiction as well as popular modern fiction and some children's books. There was also a Bran Tub for the children. The 'Friends' were also giving out their new leaflets and bookmarks, as well as badges for the childlren. Refreshments were available all morning. Thanks also go to St Mary's Church for being so helpful and accommodating.

Christmas Cracker Poetry Readaround - 1st December 2015

Friends of Honley Library hosted their Christmas Poetry Readaround on Tuesday 1 December. A packed Honley Library was treated to a special performance from '8 in a Bar' - a group formed from Honley Male Voice Choir, one of the top male voice choirs in Yorkshire who have had success both here and in America raising thousands of pounds for charities. If you enjoy singing, new members are welcome (see their website www.honleymvc.co.uk). Songs performed included 'I Believe', 'The Rose', 'Dream, Dream' and 'The Gambler', finishing with Christmas Carols. The 'Friends' presented '8 in a Bar' with a donation for Honley Male Voice Choir.

Guests then enjoyed festive refreshments and were able to buy copies of the Honley Male Voice Choir CD - 'Voices in Harmony' which celebrates 80 years of Honley Male Voice Choir next year.

The evening concluded with Christmas and Winter themed poetry and readings from the audience, as well as some favourites.

Honley Male Voice Choir are appearing in concert with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band at Huddersfield Town Hall, Saturday 12 December, 7.15pm.

 

IMG 500An Audience with Julia Deakin - 22nd September 2015

Friends of Honley Library hosted an evening with acclaimed prize-winning Huddersfield poet Julia Deakin. A packed Honley Library enjoyed listening to Julia read a varied selection of her poetry, including 'J'accuse', 'When I was Six', 'Codicil' and her newly penned 'It Has Rained'. She also held a questions and answers session and guests were able to buy signed copies of her collections.

Julia was supporting the 'Shannon Trust Reading Plan - by prisoners for prisoners', a peer-mentored reading plan that gives prisoners a vital skill and a fresh start in life. (See www.shannontrust.org.uk for information on the work they do). The 'Friends' gave a donation to Julia for the charity. 

Julia was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north via the Potteries, Manchester and York to Huddersfield, where she began writing poems on a Poetry MA. Julia, a lecturer with a Masters' in Poetry, published her first collection 'Without a Dog' in 2008 - of which Simon Armitage described as "Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose.  An impressive debut." Other collections include 'Eleven Wonders'.

Julia has won major competitions including the 2012 Lightship Poetry Prize, 2006 Northern Exposure Poetry Prize and was a 2007 Poetry Business Competition winner with 'The Half-Mile High Club' - of which Alison Brackenbury said "Bold, irreverent and wickedly funny".

Julia is one of the Albert Poets, a Pennine Poet and is a Friend of the Beehive Poets. For further information on her poetry, publications and readings visit: www.juliadeakin.co.uk 

'Poetry Verses Prose' - 28th July 2015

Friends of Honley Library hosted their Summer Poetry Readaround - 'Poetry Verses Prose'. The evening was well attended and guests read their own pieces of poetry and prose, as well as some favourites. There was a wide range of poetry and prose which were funny, sad and thought provoking. Guests also enjoyed refreshments along with the now famous 'Friends' delicious home-made cakes.

'Formidable Women in Honley's History' - 8th June 2015

Peter Marshall, local historian from Honley Civic Society, gave an interesting and absorbing talk on the Formidable Women in Honley's History. Over 40 people attended the event and the audience were able to view digitalised old photographs which Mr Marshall brought along. There was also a question and answer session. Refreshments were enjoyed and Mr Marshall received a donation from the 'Friends' for Honley Civic Society. 

A special welcome was extended by Joe Hodgson, Chair of Friends of Honley Library, to Stephen and Alice Dufton, husband and daughter of Suzanne Dufton, previous Chair of the 'Friends' who sadly passed away just before Christmas. He gave thanks in appreciation of Suzanne's hard work for the library and said how much she was missed - also for her role in setting up Friends of Honley Library, for which she was awarded a Community Champion Award by Holme Valley Parish Council in April.

Coffee Morning in aid of Kirkwood Hospice - 25th April 2015

Friends of Honley Library hosted a coffee morning and raffle to fundraise for Kirkwood Hospice. The event also aimed to raise awareness of the specialist care they provide for people with life threatening illnesses, and the support they give to family, carers and friends. Lots of people attended the coffee morning. Visitors were able to buy Kirkwood Hospice gifts and enjoy refreshments along with delicious home-made cakes. A total of £155 was raised and the 'Friends' would like to thank all who attended.