Normanton Library celebrates with a week of events

Posted: September 26, 2022

Ukrainian dance troupe based in Derby Hoverla

The Normanton Library is hosting a series of events to celebrate its diversity of offerings and services beyond books.

From Monday, October 3 through Saturday, October 8, the library will host a wide range of activities for all to enjoy – from story time and dance performances for toddlers to families, to workshops and yoga tastings.

Best-selling author TM Logan will discuss books and writing, answer questions, and sign copies during a special talk on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.

A national newspaper journalist before turning to full-time novel writing, TM Logan’s thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK. The Holiday spent ten weeks in the Sunday Times Paperback Top 10 and has since been made into a four-part television drama for Channel 5, currently available on Netflix UK.

A special performance of traditional Ukrainian folk dancing is scheduled for Friday 7 October by the Derby-based Hoverla ensemble. This much-loved and successful dance troupe has captivated audiences since 1972 and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free, but reservations are recommended.

For those who prefer to participate rather than watch, Shakti Academy is hosting free workshops at 2pm and 3pm on Saturday October 8 to learn Bollywood and Banghra dance styles.

On Saturday morning there are two artistic workshops. Illustrator Irina Richards will host a free session at 10:30 a.m. on the different characteristics of Manga – a popular art form originating in Japan. Participants will learn about manga style and its history and have the opportunity to create a manga style character and a short manga style comic.

At 11am, calligrapher Razwan Ul-Hag will look at developing the outer and inner aspects of Arabic calligraphy, followed by a hands-on workshop using traditional bamboo pens and hand-mixed ink.

The week-long celebratory events will showcase the library as a shared social space, right in the heart of the community on Almond Street. In addition to offering hundreds of books in multiple languages, the library has computers and printers for members, as well as meeting rooms, a renovated stage and theater, and plenty of activities throughout. year round.

Councilor Matthew Eyre, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Place and Tourism, said:

Libraries are much more than silent spaces reserved for reading. We have a brilliant program of activities during this celebratory week which we hope will bring the community together.

Whether you are a resident, a passerby, or a full-fledged library user, we want you to come see beyond the books and enjoy the activities. Everyone is welcome and the library is free to join.

Tickets for the TM Logan Author Talk are £4 and tickets for the Arabic Calligraphy Workshop are £3. All other events are free, but booking is essential. Check the library’s website for the full program and to reserve your place.

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