Library Fest 2016 is here…

…and we’re veryvery excited about it! There is a wide range of events taking place, with something of interest to everyone. A fuller list of events can be found here, but those we thought might be of particular interest to readers of this blog are listed below:

  • Ducatus Leodiensis, Local and Family History, 2nd Floor, Central Library. Celebrate the anniversary of Ralph Thoresby’s Ducatus Leodiensis through a curated display of library treasures. Free drop-in event, all week
  • Inventing the Future, Foyer, Central Library. A display of patents – some outrageous, some important, all of them innovative – from the 19th-century to the present day. Plus – take part in the “inventors and inventions” quiz! Free drop-in event, all week
  • Treasures of the Library – on Tour! Otley Library. Philip Wilde will deliver his succesful talk about some of the oldest and rarest items in the special collections at Leeds Central Library, including a 15th-century illuminated manuscript, a 16th-century Atlas a probable Kirkstall Abbey Missal. Monday 15th February, 6-7.30pm: to book, call Enquiry Express on 0113 247 6016
  • Collections Up Close, Wetherby Library. Join us for a “show and tell” exploring some of our oldest and most fascinating archive materials. Tuesday 16th February, 10.30-11.30am: to book a free place, call Wetherby Library on 01937 583144
  • Prints, Playbills and Maps Showcase, Room 700, 1st Floor, Central Library. A visual celebration of the strange and wonderful history of Leeds. Join Librarians from our Local and Family History Library to explore the city’s forgotten past. Tuesday 16th February, 4.30-6.45pm: free drop-in event
  • Treasures of the Library, The Portal, 2nd Floor, Central Library. Another chance to hear Philip Wilde’s fascinating guide to some of the rarest items in our special collections. Tuesday 16th February, 5.30-7pm: to book, please phone Enquiry Express on 0113 247 6016
  • Speed Date our Library Treasures, Victoria Pub, Leeds. We’ve dusted off our most unique and underrated items and sent them down to the pub to charm some open-minded strangers! (in the company of our Librarian gooseberries). Thursday 18th February, 7-8pm and 8-9pm: to book, please visit 
  • Treasures of the Library, The Portal, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, Central Library. Your final chance to hear Philip Wilde’s popular talk. Saturday 20th February, 2-3.30pm: to book, please phone Enquiry Express on 0113 247 6016

We hope to see you at some – or all! – of these events.

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