Events in Bideford Library .
Story time for under-fives
Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays)
With stories, musical instruments and songs.
On Thurs Sept 10th Hayley and Dan, two of Bideford Community Support Officers will be joining in with the singing!!
Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm
For anyone who enjoys embroidery, quilting, knitting, crochet and other handcrafts.
Board Games Afternoon
Every Friday 2 – 5pm
If you enjoy games like chess, scrabble, backgammon or dominoes come and join other enthusiasts for a game.
Feel Better with a Book (please check with library to confirm the group is running each
Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am
Come and lift your mood through the joy of reading! The aim of the groups is to enable you to enjoy the pleasure and relaxation of listening to great stories and poems – classical and new – and sharing responses with others. No pressure and no reading required. The group is led by an experienced facilitator.
Reminiscence Session – Take a trip down memory lane
Wednesday September 9th 2:00-3:30 pm
Remember back… and look forward to sharing your memories with others -
chatting, looking at old items, perhaps creating a book of memories together.
For anyone aged 60+
Creative Writing Group
Saturday September 12th 2pm – 4pm
Creative writing with local author and publisher Nikki Brownson. This is a new group meeting every second Saturday for all aspiring writers seeking inspiration and guidance.
Meditation and Relaxation Group
Thursday September 3rd 7:30-8:30 am
Wednesday September 16th 2:15- 3:00 pm
Guided meditation and relaxation group for adults, with Nicola MacDonald.
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‘Mrs Dalloway ‘, by Virginia Woolf – discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group in August.
This is a sensational novel, beautifully written with enthusiasm and spirit.
It is a story told through the author’s stream of consciousness. Some of the group felt this to be hard going as it meant sometimes having to go back and re-read pages as Woolf explored the present, past and future with the thoughts and feelings of Clarissa and many other characters.
Woolf is both perceptive and intense and captures the mood and atmosphere of all that is happening in London during one fine June day.
The rich language, use of metaphor, simile , powerful imagery and personification as Woolf describes the build up to Clarissa’s party, compelled some of us to finish the novel. We discussed the sad end to Septimus Warren Smith’s life after coping with shell shock and mental illness , past love affairs, observations of class, religion and sexuality. Clarissa’s rather dull marriage to Richard after her relationship with Walsh, Elizabeth’s preference to spend time with her father rather than Clarissa were also discussed. Overall we agreed, although not an easy novel to read, Mrs Dalloway provided us with an insight into post world war England and a very different narration style.
Bideford Library Readers’ Group. Wednesday September 2nd 2.00 pm.
Discussing ‘Catcher in the Rye’, by JD Salinger.
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Appledore Book Festival runs from the 25th September until 4th October.Tickets can be purchased online at www.appledorebook festival.co.uk, from the Festival Box Office on 01237 424929, by post using the form in the Festival brochure, or in person at Docton Court Gallery, Appledore.