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Make a Noise in Libraries!

31 May 2019

Make a Noise in Libraries – 2nd to 15th June 2019

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 2nd to 15th June, will see public libraries all over the country holding events and showcasing their services.  Make a Noise in libraries focuses on different theme each year and this time it is “Get Connected”.


The theme recognises that reading connects people and acknowledges that books, information and ideas are all becoming more accessible for people with sight loss through technological developments.

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 #manil2019.

To join in with MANIL this year we thought we would begin by using the theme to highlight some fiction books which bring communities together, or feature characters that reconnect with the world:

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman  (11564)

The Shack by William Young  (8313)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  (12190)

The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons  (11640)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer  (8255)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce  (10174)

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan  (12406)

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick  (12055)

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon  (12694)

What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor  (11670)