It’s World Book Day, so here’s a tank made of books

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Hooray, it’s World Book Day (Thursday, March 5).

So to celebrate, here’s a tank made of books.

The machine in question was created by artist Raul Lemesoff and is called Weapons Of Mass Instruction.

The tank started life as a 1979 Ford Falcon before the artist, from Buenos Aires, got his hands on it.

He stocked up with 900 books on the ‘shelves’ and transformed it into a free, travelling library.

Lemesoff then drives it through Argentina’s cities, towns and villages.

Here he is in action –

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He said the tank was ‘a contribution to peace through literature’ and that he hoped it encouraged education and reading.

World Book Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of literature which sees millions of National Book Tokens handed out to schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland.

Lemesoff’s top seven reads are Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes, Pilgrim’s Progress by John…

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World Book Night 2015 and the benefits of reading

I have been lucky enough to be a World Book Night Giver. I am so excited. Last year I organised (with some help) an event at the White Swan pub in Leeds and hope to be doing it again this year after some excellant feedback at book club. I’m hoping this year to book the day off and then I can prepare a bit earlier rather than rushing from work. What an excllant way to end a Monday though.

Here’s why everyone should read taken from their site here

Benefits of reading

Quick Reads have published research, commissioned by their sponsor Galaxy, looking at how reading can impact on people’s health and well-being. Here are some of their key findings:

  • People who read for just 30 minutes per week are 20% more likely to be satisfied with their lives
  • Readers are 21% less likely to report feelings of depression and 10% more likely to report good self-esteem versus non-readers
  • 19% of readers said reading stopped them feeling lonely
  • Regular readers reported 57% greater cultural awareness and 21% more general knowledge
  • 43% of readers said reading helped them get a better night’s sleep

With lack of time cited as biggest barrier to picking up a book (42%), Quick Reads are an ideal tool to help people back into reading.

So pick up a book and start reading, you’ll never know what you might find. Then join a book club. They’re not like you think :D

Review: LBCPuffins – Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

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LBC Puffins

LBC Puffins LogoDate: Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: White Swan Leeds

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Lying awake at night, Tom hears the old grandfather clock downstairs strike . . . eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . . Thirteen! When Tom gets up to investigate, he discovers a magical garden. A garden that everyone told him doesn’t exist. A garden that only he can enter . . .

About this Author

Philippa Pearce was one of the twentieth century’s greatest children’s writers. Her books include Tom’s Midnight Garden, winner of the Carnegie Medal; The Squirrel Wife, illustrated by Wayne Anderson; and A Finder’s Magic, created for her two grandsons and illustrated by their other grandmother, Helen Craig. Philippa Pearce died in 2006.





‘A beautiful and haunting story’ loved by kids and adults alike


The one thing about…

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R.I.P. Tudhoe Grange Lower school

first day of schoolI feel like the wind has been knocked out of me. My old comprehensive school has been demolished. All because it’s not fit for purpose anymore. I’m so disgusted. I know I left school several years ago, but it always felt a part of me and home when we used to go past it on the bus. I never had a great time at school, but there are so many fond memories of the place. Like being ill, and they not being able to get hold of Mum and sleeping in the nurses room. P.E. where we used to walk when we got behind the gym instead of running. Being able to do a gymnastic move when others couldn’t. The out of date sex education. The horrible Christmas parties where you never got picked and boys would make you hold their sleeves incase they got the lurgy. Food technology and learning to cook. The B.C.G. jab, where weeks after, years after if you were punched in your left arm you would go ‘ow, b.c.g. man!”) The custard for desert. The list goes on. So that’s the second school to disappear and be made into houses or whatever they decide. I wonder if George Gently knows his police station has gone.

So I raise my cup of coffee to you.

R.I.P. T.G.C.S.

Here’s the article that is in the local paper HERE

by Catherine Priestley , Chief Reporter (Sedgefield)

‘A LANDMARK school building was this week reduced to rubble – much to the dismay of heartbroken campaigners.

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These dramatic pictures capture the demolition of the former Tudhoe Grange School, on Durham Road, Spennymoor, in County Durham.

Campaigners had lobbied Durham County Council and Spennymoor Learning Community Trust in a bid to save the building which closed in 2012 when Tudhoe Grange and Spennymoor Schools merged to create Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College.

More than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for its 1912 red brick frontage to be saved and argued that it was one of the most treasured parts of the town’s heritage.

But both organisations said the cost of repairs meant it was not economically viable to retain the building so decided to clear and sell the land to make money to reinvest in education.

The school on Durham Road was previously known as Spennymoor Higher Elementary, Alderman Wraith Grammar and Durham Road Secondary.

Many former pupils have visited the site this week to witness its final days, taking photographs and even laying flowers at the scene.

Many took to Facebook to post messages on the Spennymoor Save Our Heritage and Spennymoor news from The Northern Echo pages.

Alan Gardner branded the demolition “a total disgrace” and accused the council of showing contempt for the electorate.’

Review- LBCOutlaws -Along Came a Spider

Originally posted on LeedsBookClub:

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Date:  Wednesday 4th of February 2015
Time:  6:00pm
Address: Harper Street, LS2 7EA





He had always wanted to be famous. When he kidnapped two well-known rich kids, it was headline news. Then one of them was found – dead – and the whole nation was in uproar. For such a high-profile case, they needed the top people – Alex Cross, a black detective with a PhD in psychology, and Jezzie Flanagan, an ambitious young Secret Service agent – yet even they were no match for the killer. He had the unnerving ability to switch from blood-crazed madness to clear-eyed sanity in an instant. But was he the helpless victim of a multiple-personality disorder – or a brilliant, cold-blooded manipulator?

along came a spiderThis was a book picked by Helen. I really should have done this before my notes stopped making…

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LBC White Swan – Books ‘un’ picked

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As always we have a list left over, so if you’re looking for some suggestions, have a look here!

BURIAL RITES – Hannah Kent

THE LACUNA – Barbara Kingsolver

THE CRANE WIFE – Patrick Ness

WANDERLUST – Rebecca Solnit

DRACULA – Bram Stoker

REBECCA – Daphne Du Maurier

UNDER HEAVEN – Guy Gavriel Kay x2

HOMICIDE – David Simon

THE WIND UP GIRL – Paolo Bacigalupi

GOOD OMENS – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett


HOW TO BUILD A GIRL – Caitlin Moran

THE CITY AND THE CITY – China Mieville

ALIAS GRACE – Margaret Atwood




THE PENELOPIAD – Margaret Atwood



SALEM’S LOT – Stephen King


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EVENT – Leeds Libraries Quiz Takeover

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Venue: White Swan Leeds, Swan Street, Leeds

Date:  Thursday 19th of February 2015
Time:  7:00pm

Leeds Libraries will be taking over the White Swan on Thursday the 19th of February!

Pop in from 7pm to enjoy a night of literary wonder in a delightful location, including a quiz that I can only imagine will be very book-orientated!


For more details, send a tweet to @LeedsLibraries

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