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MANIL 2018

Make a noise in libraries – 4th – 17th June 2018

4 June 2018

Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) is an annual campaign designed to bring public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together to celebrate reading and highlight library services that they may not be aware of. The fortnight which runs from 4th-17th June will see public libraries all over the country holding events and showcasing their services.  Make a Noise in libraries has a different theme each year to focus on and this time it is “Changing minds, changing times”.

The theme is recognising that there are new ways of accessing reading being developed all of the time. It is also addressing the fact that MANIL may need to evolve in order to ensure that libraries have the resources readily available to showcase their facilities and support their users who are experiencing sight loss.

Libraries are encouraged to interpret the theme by holding activities and engaging with their communities which they can do in a number of ways. It may be that they have accessible technology that they can demonstrate in a taster session, or can invite local groups in to show them the services on offer and introduce them to ones they were not aware of. They can also promote their audiobook and large print collections or run an accessible book group – something which Calibre Audio Library can help out with as we have a tailored service for visually impaired book groups.

You can get involved by heading down to your local public library to talk to library staff and discover what they may have to help you. Or why not let them know what you would like to have in your local libraries that would help improve your experience and which will help to develop MANIL in the future. You can also find out more about local and national organisations such as Calibre Audio Library who can help you further. If you use twitter you can also take part in conversations by using #manil2018.

To join in with MANIL this year we are using the theme to see if we can “change your mind” regarding your reading habits. We challenge you to try a different author who writes similarly to some well-known authors who you are probably already familiar with. So take a look at the following list and see if we can tempt you to try a new author:

If you like Jeff Kinney you may like Stephan Pastis

If you like Michael Morpurgo you may like John Boyne

If you like Phillip Pullman you may like Joseph Delaney

If you like Lemony Snicket you may like Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

If you like David Walliams you may like Philip Ardagh

If you like Grace Cavendish you may like Robin Stevens

If you like Jacqueline Wilson you may like Hilary McKay

If you like Jill Murphy you may like Terence Blacker

If you like Marcus Sedgwick you may like Chris Riddell

If you like Anthony Horowitz you may like Charlie Higson

If you like J K Rowling you may like Cornelia Funke