13 memories

It’s Friday the 13th.  I’m celebrating with 13 Library memories:

  1. The blue library van
  2. Pretending to study in the old Shetland room
  3. Moments of silence
  4. Old swimming pool – museum – library (annual school trips)
  5. Kathleen Tait recommending I read Charlotte’s Web
  6. People watching with a coffee
  7. The old office on St Olaf Street
  8. Smells of books
  9. Knitting a car
  10. Discovering poetry with Kathleen Jamie
  11. Using it as an office when I was unemployed
  12. Rehearsing plays in the old library with the late Tommy Watt
  13. Always being made to feel welcome with smiles from friendly staff

What’s your memories?  Email me at jacqui.clark@shetland.org

Reading locations

I’ve been spending time over the last few weeks reading lots of local books and poems to help me think about an exciting project we have planned.

Shetland’s literature features some wonderful locations and I think it would be really great to develop a series of local walks that celebrate some of these places which writers have written about.

Maybe you have some ideas?  Why don’t you write me a little note and leave it with the friendly staff in Shetland Library.

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I’ll also be based in Mareel during Wordplay so come and chat with me there.

I’m excited

Many years ago, when the idea of an electronic reader would have made me gaff oot lood (GOL) I used to be involved in organising Wordplay.  I remember after the event always feeling exhausted but always having a warm fuzzy feeling of I think that was fun.

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It’s been fun to be part of the steering group for this year and to help plan the return of the festival, which now coincides with Book Week Scotland.

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This means there really will be lots of fun things happening.

I’m excited because the Wordplay programme may be the best thing I’ve read in 2016.

The first words

I’ve set a few challenges for the months ahead.  The first is to write a weekly blog of exactly 101 words.

Each week I’ll also read a book I’ve never read before.  Having wandered through the vast array of books at Shetland Library I decided that I’ve been stuck in a reading void.  It’s time to read the books I would never pick.

It’s time to be an experimental reader!

This week I grabbed a book by Debi Gliori.  I thought “why no start we a bairns book?”  The Tobermory Cat will be read tonight with my cat Maggie on my lap.