Blog Archives

Story Sack Project comes to Marham…

Help with getting your children to read.

Fun making objects to support your storytelling.

Make their imaginations visible!

We think you’ll love it – have a look at our Story Sacks Project page for more details about the events starting in May 2011.

Are you strong?

Can you help in our Community Library?We are moving some furniture and books around in the library!

If we could get some helpful volunteers to support us in this process that would be great. Our aim is to improve accessibility to our books and library services, as well as give you some more space to sit, read and think whilst you’re in our space.

If you can help (…you don’t need to be Charles Atlas really…) thank you so much.

Please make contact with Sam in the libary to arrange how we can work together as a team on the world of books.

Digi-tale – teenagers online and books

digitalePicWorld Book Day 2011 generated a number of new sites about books and reading, as you would expect.

One we like is Digi-tale – a great web site for teenagers about books and reading. Sounds dull? It isn’t.

You can find a unique new short story from Louise Tennison that you can read online for free…‘How to make any Twit fall in love with you’. There’s the great Snogometer and opportunities to tweet your favourite books too.

There are videos on books and a great selection of recommended reads to get you thinking about books. There are even some vampires and werewolves wandering the web site too.

There is the opportunity to write a short story of your own and some great prizes.

Check out Digi-tale and see books you haven’t discovered yet.

A Fiction Festival nearby

kingsLynnPicKings Lynn is holding it’s annual Fiction Festival from 11th to 13th March 2011.

Writers you can see at this years festival include…

DJ Taylor, Rachel Hore, Sophie Hannah, Scarlett Thomas, Robert Edric, Paul Bailey, Lindsay Clarke, Christopher Bigsby, Robert Radcliffe and Roger Garfitt.

You can find short biographies of the writers here on the Festival web pages.

Over the festival weekend you can browse the bookstalls and talk to the authors about their work, as well as get your books signed too.

You can find details of tickets and booking for the festival here.

Listen to poetry too!

poetryArchiveLogoHave you discovered The Poetry Archive yet?

This is a fantastic resource for lovers of poetry, or those who wish to explore and take their imagination to new landscapes.

On the site you can hear the voices of poets reading their own works, as well as access recordings via the guided tours that poets and celebrities have created from the archive.

What is Andrew Motion listening to in the files, what is Stephen Fry or Monica Ali? You can find out by visiting The Poetry Archive.

The site has some great resources for students, librarians and teachers. We particularly liked the New to Poetry pages – if you are just discovering poetry or are just becoming confident as a reader this is the section for you.

The Poetry Archive also has a section dedicated to children’s poetry. It can be really surprising to hear some of your favourites in the voice of the poet, changing the way you think about the work by hearing it spoken as the poet imagined it.

This is a great resource – visit The Poetry Archive here and be surprised…

Sam’s Selection – featured author this month

The writer and photographer Ifeoma OnyefuluIfeoma Onyefulu is a children’s author, photographer and writer from Nigeria.

Currently living in London, Ifeoma travels widely, particularly in Africa, to get ideas and stimulation for the writing of her books.

Using her photographic skills, Ifeoma creates wonderfully illustrated stories for children, which echo the landscapes and cultures that she has travelled through.

Ifeoma travels with her children and her camera.  Her photo-stories shine a light on the people she meets and offer us the reader, a great insight into other cultures, countries and people.

You can read more about Ifeoma’s work on her web page…

Ifeoma has recently completed a lengthy trip to Timbuktu and has a blog about her experiences of travel, writing and her photography. You can read her blog here...


World Book Day

Don’t forget that March 3rd is World Book Day 2011.

The project has a great web site, packed full of ideas, particularly for children. The web pages also contain some great reading and learning resources for children, both pre-school and primary school children.

Have you got an event planned, or does your local school? Then catch up with this years events here

Welcome to our Library Blog

Getting the most from books as a family

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library…

Jorge Luis Borge – Argentine writer, poet and essayist.


These are the new web pages for the Community Library at Marham designed to stimulate your interest in good writing and to help the imaginations of the younger members of our community to grow.

Whether you like new fiction, old favourites or your children are passionate about great stories, meeting authors or finding new picture books – we will feature them all here on our pages.

We will have our regular features too. Sam’s Selection – what’s interesting at the moment in our library. Our featured author post, as well as news of library events around and about in the County.

Of course, we won’t forget parent and carer reading and intend to feature some great web links to help you and your family become a ‘reading family’ too.

We are moving some of our furniture and books to make for a more accessible space in the library. Watch these pages for news of new projects and events around books and family reading.

See you in the library…