We love books here at LiveWire – so much so we wanted to spend a few weeks this summer showcasing the book stock at Warrington’s libraries – and picking a few of our favourite genres, and perhaps inspiring you to try something different from your usual read!
We’re calling this little campaign SummerStock 2019 and over the next 6 weeks we will be posting videos, photos, polls and general discussion points on this website and our social media channels.
We’d love YOU to get involved by commenting and sharing what sort of books YOU like to read – and what sort of books you would like to see on library shelves.
Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “We want to make our libraries inclusive, creative and inspirational for all. High quality books is a hugely important part of that, which is why we’re investing so heavily in our stock.
“We’ve talked to local people about the types of books they’d like to see, and this has helped us stack our library shelves with a range of diverse titles, aimed at keeping people of all ages, abilities and interests, coming back again and again.
“Reading is one of the best things you can do. For adults, it can promote wellbeing, provide mental stimulation and reduce stress. For children, it can improve vocabulary, broaden horizons and boost imaginations. There’s never been a better time to get into reading in Warrington. So why not get down to your local library, and see what you can discover?”
Kicking it all off this week is Senior Community Librarian Chris, who is going to share a little bit about her favourite category of books – the Young Adult section!
Says Chris: “I’ve always loved the Young Adult section of the library. It’s just so important we get young people into reading books, and coming into our libraries.
“Lots of young adult books have been made into films, thinking of things like Divergent, Maze Runner and Twilight.
“The young adult collections are really aimed at young people aged 12 to 19, because the central character in the book, are about that age.”
Here’s 3 top Young Adult picks available in Warrington’s libraries for anyone looking to try a good read (and remember plenty of ‘grown ups’ love reading Young Adult books too!
- Wonder by RJ Palacio
‘What I liked about this one is that lots of stories for young people are about difficulty fitting in, struggling and overcoming issues. And the difference with this one is that actually he begins to realise that people need to fit in with him, people have to accept him for who he is. And that’s a really important message to be giving.’
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd.
This is a beautiful fantasy story centred around a teenage boy whose mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and who forms a bond with a giant tree-like figure who tells him stories at night. Siobhan Dowd came up with the idea for the tale, but she sadly passed away from cancer herself before she was able to write it. Patrick Ness took the project on, and wrote the story. Says Chris: ‘Between them they have created a masterpiece! Their two combined styles together work together so well.’
- Fortnite Battle Royale Ultimate Winner’s Guide by Kevin Pettman
Chris’s third pick a book looking at the popular computer game Fortnite, that’s aimed at young people aged 12+. Explains Chris: “The 3rd book I’ve chosen is not a story, it’s a non-fiction book – just to show we have things for young people as well that is outside the area of reading fiction for pleasure. It might be whatever you’re interested in, and obviously Fortnite is a really big computer game at the moment.’
Adds Chris: ‘So come along, have a good luck and you might find a hidden gem or future classic.’
See more from Chris here!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the Young Adult genre and book stock available. We’d love to hear about your YA favourites too on social media!
Next week…Strategic Library Manager Wendy and her favourite genre of books – Health & Wellbeing!