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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 Alexander McCall Smith you may like Sally Andrew

If you like Peter James you may like Stephen Booth

If you like Katie Fforde you may like Emma Burstall

If you like Philippa Gregory you may like Charlotte Betts

If you like Rosie Archer you may like Elaine Everest

If you like Patrick O’Brian you may like David Donachie

If you like Patricia Cornwell you may like Tess Gerritsen

If you like C J Sansom you may like Susanna Gregory

If you like M C Beaton you may like Alan Bradley

If you like Susan Lewis you may like Cathy Kelly

If you likeClive Cussler you may like Andy McDermott

If you likeRebecca Tope you may like Frances Brody

If you likeKate Morton you may like Katherine Webb

If you likeRachel Joyce you may like Phaedra Patrick

If you like Arthur C Clarke you may like Stephen Baxter

If you like Susan Hill you may like F G Cottam