Cityread 2015 is here!

CITYREAD LONDON: THE WHOLE OF LONDON READS “RIVERS OF LONDON” BY BEN AARONOVITCH IN APRIL 2015

Cityread London is celebrating all the wonderful places and people that make London the very magical City that it is by encouraging Londoners to read the chosen title: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. A wide range of activities for adults and children are on offer throughout April 2015 and details of what is happening in your borough can be found here.

ALAG (Asian Librarians and Advisers Group) have also had a major input in the celebration as we have created a translated synopsis of Rivers of London in Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Urdu and Tamil. Most of the translations have been done by ALAG members to ensure that the programmes on offer are inclusive and cater for the diverse populations resident throughout London. In previous years these translations have created quite a buzz as can be seen by clicking on this link to view an article published in Asian Image news during Cityread 2012.

So far Brent, Hillingdon, Harrow, Wandsworth and Redbridge have taken up the offer to use the translated synopsis with their customers for various Reader Development events facilitated by an ALAG member. As the promotion continues throughout April 2015 it is expected that other library authorities will also be introducing Rivers of London and author Ben Aaronovitch to Londoners from all backgrounds, interests and reading abilities.

Cityread 2015 Balham 280315ALAG have already kick-started the month by facilitating a Cityread event at Balham Library, Wandsworth on Saturday 28th March. ALAG Chairperson Gulshan Iqbal read the Urdu synopsis and 15 ladies from the local community enjoyed a lively discussion, sharing experiences of possession and the supernatural. Needless to say magic and family feuds also proved to be interesting themes taken from Rivers of London.

Look out for the next Cityread event in Wandsworth at Tooting Library on Saturday 11th April where Dr Murugesan Muthu from the Brent Tamil Reading Group will facilitate what should be another interesting and enjoyable discussion on behalf of ALAG:cityread-alag-2015-tooting-wandsworth-tamil-event-1104151

Cityread in Urdu at Balham Library

ALAG’s Urdu facilitator Gulshan Iqbal attended the Cityread London 2014 event at Balham Library recently and regular visitors to the library enjoyed a lively discussion about the characters and WW1 story brought to life in My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young, in Urdu.

Gulshan Iqbal (centre) and Wandswoth Libraries staff celebrate Cityread London 2014 in Urdu

Gulshan Iqbal (centre) and Wandswoth Libraries staff celebrate Cityread London 2014 in Urdu

Wandsworth Libraries will be hosting a similar event in Tamil with Librarian Therese Rajadurai and have more Cityread events lined up throughout April for adults and children. Click on the link below for more details:

http://www.better.org.uk/leisure/battersea-library/news/2169

ALAG would like to thank Wandsworth Libraries and Balham Library staff in particular for their help and support in making this event such a success, bringing reading to life  for their local community.

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