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Read Kirklees: 2023 November 30


  • Batley and Dewsbury Libraries’ consultation
  • Dewsbury Library: British Library exhibition
  • Dewsbury Library: Opera North ‘Little Listeners’ concert
  • Dewsbury Library: ‘Miss Nobodies’
  • Huddersfield Library: KAFE workshop
  • Crime Writers’ Association: Award nominations
  • NHS Healthy Start: Are you eligible?
  • Regular events at Kirklees Libraries
  • Bookable events at Kirklees Libraries

Batley and Dewsbury Libraries’ consultation

Exterior photos of Batley and Dewsbury librariesPhoto of a Kirklees library next to text reading, we are consulting you on library services in Dewsbury and Batley

Following the Council’s cabinet meeting on September 26, 2023 we are consulting on the proposals made in the asset review report to modernise and relocate Dewsbury Library service to the Walsh Building and Batley Library service to Batley Town Hall.

Whether you’ve borrowed books, taken a little one along to a Storytime, used the public access computers, attended one of our many events or are part of a group who meet at either library, now is the chance to have your say.

Paper copies of the survey are available at Batley, Birstall, Dewsbury, Mirfield, and Ravensthorpe (Greenwood Centre) libraries.

Follow this link for the online version: Batley and Dewsbury Libraries’ consultation

Consultation runs until January 15, 2024.


Dewsbury Library: British Library exhibition

Fantasy: Realms of Imagination

Fantasy exhibition logo

From epic visions to intricately envisaged details, we celebrate some of the finest fantasy creators, reveal how their imagined lands, languages and creatures came into being, and delve into the traditions of a genre that has created some of the most passionate and enduring fandoms.

Journey from fairy tales and folklore to discover how the oldest forms of literature continue to inspire fantasy authors, filmmakers and game producers today.

Gather your fellow adventurers and step through your library’s portal into the realms of fantasy as it has never been chronicled before.

Discover more about ‘Fantasy: Realms of Imagination’ at:

eAudio and eBooks: Realms of Imagination

Front covers of 4 eBooks

Browse, download and read titles from our Fantasy: Realms of Imagination eBook collection

Search our online catalogue to borrow or reserve these and so many more.


Dewsbury Library: Opera North ‘Little Listeners’

Opera North 'Listeners' logo

Opera North will be telling the story of Three Little Pigs by Paul Patterson, presented by a wind quintet from the Orchestra of Opera North and narrated by Polly Ives.

Little Listeners concerts are specially designed professional concerts for young children under 5 and their grown-ups.

Whether featuring players from the renowned Orchestra of Opera North, singers from the Opera North Chorus or other classical, jazz or world music ensembles, these concerts will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around and respond naturally in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Suitable for 0-5 years.

Dewsbury Library

Saturday, December 2

2.00 – 2.30 pm

Reserve your seat at the show via our Ticketsource page


Dewsbury Library: ‘Miss Nobodies’

Ruth Cockburn brings Black Liver’s brilliant live show ‘Miss Nobodies’

Poster for Miss Nobodies event at Dewsbury Library

A joint project with Lawrence Batley Theatre, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

This two hander play takes us through the history of the last 100 years in a shop in a Northern town. 

Often funny, sometimes poignant and always heartwarming, the show mixes poetry, storytelling and music to tell of the working class women that made up the shop’s history.

With themes of female solidarity, social responsibility and local pride, watch how women have changed over the last century. The century of stories will make you laugh and cry and all come with the strong Northern attitude that these women carry.

Dewsbury Library

Friday, December 15

7.00 – 8.30pm

Reserve your complimentary place via our Ticketsource page


Kirklees Author Forum Exchange

KAFE – Write More Like Dickens

Poster for KAFE event

Festive ghosts, impoverished children and redemption.

Whether you’re a writer who wants to gain insight into the success of ‘A Christmas Carol’ or a parent looking to help your teenager prepare for their upcoming literature exam, join Lucinda Parker-Jones, local school teacher, to explore what makes Dickens’ allegory a timeless classic and a favourite GCSE text

Huddersfield Library

Thursday, November 30

5.15 – 6.45 pm

Festive Social Mixer

KAFE will be hosting a festive social mixer with refreshments at:

Huddersfield Library onThursday, December 7 from5.15 – 6.45 pm

Reserve your place at both events via our Ticketsource page or just come along on the evenings.


Crime Writers’ Association (CWA)

‘Dagger in the Library’ award nominations

Dagger in the Library logo

This year, CWA want UK and Irish libraries – and their users – to propose names of crime writers to be listed for the award, before they get to the voting stage.

Please forward us the names of crime writers that you think should be in the running by emailing:

If a someone votes for the writer who ends up the overall Dagger in the Library winner 2024, they’ll be entered into a draw to receive a book by the winner or by one of the shortlisted authors.

Follow the link to find out more about the process and the criteria for choosing:

CWA – Dagger In The Library awards

We will then promote the final list for your nominations in the New Year. As ever it’s libraries who get the final vote on who should win.


Bluemoose Books and Local Authors

Front covers of 4 eBooks

eAudio and eBooks: Bluemoose Books and Local Authors

Browse, download and read titles from our Bluemoose Books and Local Authors eBook collection.

Search our online catalogue to borrow or reserve these and so many more.


NHS Healthy Start

Poster for the NHS Healthy Start programme

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four, you may be entitled to get extra help to buy healthy food and infant formula. You could receive from £4.25 to £8.50 per week. In addition, you will be eligible to collect free maternal and child vitamin supplements.

For further information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit:

You can always ask at any Kirklees Library if you need help with the online process.


Regular events at Kirklees Libraries

Creative Kirklees

Screenshot of Creative Kirklees website

Find out the where and the when of regular events such as Lego Clubs, Storytimes and Craft groups across our libraries.

Go to and search using #KirkleesLibraries

Bookable events at Kirklees Libraries


Screenshot from the Ticketsource website

For events with partner organisations and touring performances.

Go to


eAudio and eBooks: Libby app updates

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Libby and Screen Readers

Libby scren reader logo 

Right now, you can use iOS VoiceOver, Android TalkBack, and desktop screen readers (like NVDA and JAWS) to browse and borrow titles from your library, read ebooks, and listen to audiobooks.


Browse, download and read titles from our eBook collection at:


PressReader and the Libby app

Our digital magazine and newspaper service can now be accessed from within the Libby app. Select the Pressreader icon from within Libby and follow the on-screen instructions.

Pressreader - many languagesDigital Magazines and Newspapers

Choose from over 7,300 national and international titles to read online or download for offline convenience.
Complimentary access with your Kirklees library card and PIN for 30 days before you have to sign in again.
Create a collection of favourite titles, search and add new ones.
Share articles through email and social media, or save and organize them into categories with labels for quick and easy access.
For more details along with details of the text-to-speech and instant translation options, see our PressReader catalogue at:


Keep in touch

If you know someone who would like to get the latest news from Kirklees Libraries, feel free to forward this newsletter or let them know they can use the link at the bottow of this page. Send your eBook reviews to Recommend titles using the Libby app or use any of the channels below.

Stay up to date with Kirklees Libraries using our social media channels:

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