Library Fest 2018 is here!

Our annual programme of Library events is almost upon us – and, as usual, there’s something for everyone. You can browse our very attractive festival brochure (designed by our talented Librarians!) – or read on to discover more about our exciting set of heritage-themed events…

(Contact details and opening times for all events and locations can be found on the Library website)

FAMILY-FRIENDLY OPEN DAY
Thursday 15 February, 1.00-4.00pm, Local and Family History, 2nd floor
Bring along the whole family to start your family tree, discover the history of your home, and explore your neighbourhood from days gone by. Staff will be on hand to help you explore and use the resources of the Local and Family History Library.
FREE. JUST DROP IN

Current Local and Family History library, then and now
Current Local and Family History library, then and now

WILLIAM BOYNE: A PRIVATE VIEW
Monday 5 February, 2.00-4.00pm, The Portal, 2nd floor
An introduction to one of the most lavish treasures held at the Central Library – William Boyne’s History of Leeds – in a rare opportunity to see this extremely important work.
TICKETS £3 FROM: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents
*
Please note that this event has now sold-out. Contact us to be placed on the reserve list – this also registers your interest in any future editions of the showing

William Boyne’s History of Leeds: a grangerised edition of Thoresby’s Ducatus Leodiensis – containing newscuttings and illustrations by local artists

CENTRAL LIBRARY HERITAGE TOUR
Friday 16 February, 10.00-11.00am
Take a guided tour of this Grade II* listed Victorian masterpiece in the historic heart of Leeds. From antique Potts clocks to grinning stone guard dogs, explore the secrets behind the scenes of one of the city’s most amazing public buildings.
FREE TICKETS FROM: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

The Children’s Library at Central, seen in 1934 and 2014

TREASURES IN THE TILED HALL
Wednesday 14 February,
3.00-4.30pm, Tiled Hall Café
The stunning surroundings of the Tiled Hall Café provide a beautiful backdrop for a new twist on this speed-dating event. Enjoy the chance to indulge in some serious book-fancying, as our librarians do their best to impress you with a range of unique items hand-picked form local collections – all in three minute slots!
FREE TICKETS FROM: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

Central Library Tiled Hall Cafe

SPEED DATE OUR LIBRARY TREASURES III
Thursday 15 February, 7.30-9.00pm, Hyde Park Book Club,
27-29 Headingley Lane
At last year’s Library Fest, we played matchmaker for a shelf-load of lonely library books, setting them up with appreciative partners for an evening of fun. Join us again in the cosy Hyde Park Book Club where we’ll be dusting off some more unique and little-seen literary treasures for you to get your hands on!
TICKETS £3 FROM: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

Speed-dating II, at Crowd of Favours, February 2017

VICTORIA GARDENS HISTORY TOUR
Wednesday 7 February, 1.15-1.45pm. Meet at the War Memorial outside the Henry Moore Institute.
From Victorian street signs to WW2 bomb damage, the space outside Leeds Central Library and the Art Gallery is dappled with clues to the history of the city. Join a guided lunchtime walk of this historical space – but remember to dress for Leeds weather!
FREE TICKETS FROM: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

1982. View showing the Art Gallery following the construction of the new Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery at the front of the building. The work now appears virtually complete but the area is still fenced off while the finishing touches are applied. The Central Library and Museum are seen to the left with Stumps public house at basement level. Alexander Street is on the right. In the background St. Anne’s cathedral and Leeds College of Technology can be seen against the skyline. (Leeds Library and Information Service, www.leodis.net)

INSTAGRAM VICTORIA GARDENS!
Saturday 10 February, 2.00-3.00pm. Meet at the War Memorial outside the Henry Moore Institute.
Join Leeds Libraries and the Leeds Instagramers group on a tour of Victoria Gardens, snapping pics to illustrate the upcoming #VGZine, which will celebrate the heritage of this historical city space.
FREE. Contact @igersleeds on Instagram to book a place

Circus250
This year marks 250 years since Philip Astley, the father of modern circus, first opened his own ring of entertainments near Waterloo in London in 1768. We’re celebrating with three events during Library Fest:

Some of our most popular prints relate to the circus performer and proprietor Pablo Fanque. Most famous for his mention in The Beatles song “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite”, Fanque performed many times in Leeds during the 19th-century. The image here shows just part of the print advertising the Fanque circus.

‘BIG TOP LEEDS’ EXHIBITION
3 February–28 February, during library opening hours, Room 700, 1st floor
Join us to discover stories of the circus in Leeds in this month long exhibition of all things circus.
FREE ADMISSION

TALK: PHILIP ASTLEY, FATHER OF THE MODERN CIRCUS
Friday 9 February, 1.00-2.00pm, Room 700, 1st floor
Local author Steve Ward reveals the stories behind the great man and his contribution to the development of this very British institution.
FREE TICKETS FROM: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

TALK: LIFE IN THE CIRCUS
Thursday 15 February, 1.00-1.45pm, Room 700, 1st floor
Becky Truman talks about her work as a performer and artistic director of her own aerial performance company.
FREE TICKETS FROM: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

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