Libraries in Waltham Forest to promote erotic fiction

LIBRARIES in Waltham Forest are taking part in a national event promoting erotic fiction.

More than 30 library services across the UK are involved in the 'Between the Sheets' celebration of erotic writings, which began on Wednesday November 21 and runs until Sunday December 16.

Branches in Waltham Forest will be promoting 30 titles from the genre as part of the event, which is organised by the Stellar Libraries group.

It comes following a sharp increase in sales of erotic fiction following the smash-hit success of EL James's novel '50 Shades of Grey'.

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1:27pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

And people wonder why Libraries close in droves.
And people wonder why Libraries close in droves. Cornbeefur

2:38pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Techno3 says...

At least they are promoting reading. Better than pulping books.
At least they are promoting reading. Better than pulping books. Techno3

4:51pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Tom Thumb says...

Two questions arise.

First, is Waltham Forest Council paying money to participate in this project? If so, it shouldn't be, as any competent librarian ought to be able to come up with a list of erotic fiction titles and give copies a plug in local libraries.

Secondly, what exactly is "Stellar Libraries"? They seem to be in line for hand-outs of public money, and the Arts Council gave this obscure organisation £86,000 for a book promotion. But having had a quick search on the internet I find it difficult to find out what Stellar Libraries amounts to, who works for it, or what its sources of funding are. At a time of financial restraint such questions need answering. Maybe other readers have the answers to these conundrums.
Two questions arise. First, is Waltham Forest Council paying money to participate in this project? If so, it shouldn't be, as any competent librarian ought to be able to come up with a list of erotic fiction titles and give copies a plug in local libraries. Secondly, what exactly is "Stellar Libraries"? They seem to be in line for hand-outs of public money, and the Arts Council gave this obscure organisation £86,000 for a book promotion. But having had a quick search on the internet I find it difficult to find out what Stellar Libraries amounts to, who works for it, or what its sources of funding are. At a time of financial restraint such questions need answering. Maybe other readers have the answers to these conundrums. Tom Thumb

3:20pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Stellar Libraries says...

Tom Thumb wrote:
Two questions arise.

First, is Waltham Forest Council paying money to participate in this project? If so, it shouldn't be, as any competent librarian ought to be able to come up with a list of erotic fiction titles and give copies a plug in local libraries.

Secondly, what exactly is "Stellar Libraries"? They seem to be in line for hand-outs of public money, and the Arts Council gave this obscure organisation £86,000 for a book promotion. But having had a quick search on the internet I find it difficult to find out what Stellar Libraries amounts to, who works for it, or what its sources of funding are. At a time of financial restraint such questions need answering. Maybe other readers have the answers to these conundrums.
In response to Tom Thumb’s comments: Stellar Libraries is a Community Interest Company established in 2010 in the wake of the closure of London Libraries. Our remit is to raise the profile of libraries in London and nationally through high-profile campaigns, which focus on partnership building across sectors. All participating authorities – including Waltham Forest - paid a small amount to take part in Between the Sheets. We are proud to work with librarians across the country, some of whom did indeed contribute titles to the list. By working together we are able to realise economies of scale, and deliver campaigns that individual library services would not be able to achieve. Libraries participating in Between the Sheets receive print material (designed, printed, delivered), a stand-alone website www.between-the-shee
ts.org (did you know there is currently no national online resource for public libraries?), Twitter profile (the vast majority of library services are prevented from reaching potential new users using social media by their council communications departments), and a dedicated PR team (which is how this article happened to appear on this website. We have also secured coverage on the Daily Mail website, a raft of women's interest titles, and local press across the country. At least one council in London has withdrawn PR support from their libraries, leaving them unable to publicise their events in the press.)
Stellar Libraries is proud to be in receipt of a Grants for the Arts award for £86,000 from Arts Council England for Cityread London www.cityreadlondon.o
rg.uk. Since the closure of London Libraries in 2010, Cityread London is the only project that sees all 33 London library services working together. Our funding from the Arts Council is for two years of programming. After the huge success of Cityread 2012, when we reached new audiences through a programme of over 900 events in April across all 33 boroughs, we’re looking forward to making announcements in the coming weeks about our 2013 programme. In fact, we aim to build Cityread into a major festival in London’s cultural calendar, with libraries at its heart.
Although we do not currently have a website, try popping ‘Stellar Libraries’ into Google and you’ll find us right away. Feel free to swing by to our Facebook page to leave us a message, or tweet us @stellarlibrary. We’re absolutely dying to hear from you.
[quote][p][bold]Tom Thumb[/bold] wrote: Two questions arise. First, is Waltham Forest Council paying money to participate in this project? If so, it shouldn't be, as any competent librarian ought to be able to come up with a list of erotic fiction titles and give copies a plug in local libraries. Secondly, what exactly is "Stellar Libraries"? They seem to be in line for hand-outs of public money, and the Arts Council gave this obscure organisation £86,000 for a book promotion. But having had a quick search on the internet I find it difficult to find out what Stellar Libraries amounts to, who works for it, or what its sources of funding are. At a time of financial restraint such questions need answering. Maybe other readers have the answers to these conundrums.[/p][/quote]In response to Tom Thumb’s comments: Stellar Libraries is a Community Interest Company established in 2010 in the wake of the closure of London Libraries. Our remit is to raise the profile of libraries in London and nationally through high-profile campaigns, which focus on partnership building across sectors. All participating authorities – including Waltham Forest - paid a small amount to take part in Between the Sheets. We are proud to work with librarians across the country, some of whom did indeed contribute titles to the list. By working together we are able to realise economies of scale, and deliver campaigns that individual library services would not be able to achieve. Libraries participating in Between the Sheets receive print material (designed, printed, delivered), a stand-alone website www.between-the-shee ts.org (did you know there is currently no national online resource for public libraries?), Twitter profile (the vast majority of library services are prevented from reaching potential new users using social media by their council communications departments), and a dedicated PR team (which is how this article happened to appear on this website. We have also secured coverage on the Daily Mail website, a raft of women's interest titles, and local press across the country. At least one council in London has withdrawn PR support from their libraries, leaving them unable to publicise their events in the press.) Stellar Libraries is proud to be in receipt of a Grants for the Arts award for £86,000 from Arts Council England for Cityread London www.cityreadlondon.o rg.uk. Since the closure of London Libraries in 2010, Cityread London is the only project that sees all 33 London library services working together. Our funding from the Arts Council is for two years of programming. After the huge success of Cityread 2012, when we reached new audiences through a programme of over 900 events in April across all 33 boroughs, we’re looking forward to making announcements in the coming weeks about our 2013 programme. In fact, we aim to build Cityread into a major festival in London’s cultural calendar, with libraries at its heart. Although we do not currently have a website, try popping ‘Stellar Libraries’ into Google and you’ll find us right away. Feel free to swing by to our Facebook page to leave us a message, or tweet us @stellarlibrary. We’re absolutely dying to hear from you. Stellar Libraries

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