A reminder….



For those of you in the Friends Working Group, don’t forget that the next meeting is tonight!

When: Monday, 16 June, 7:15 pm (for a prompt 7:30 start)
Where: at the Courtyard Cafe, Chagford

You’ll find the evening’s agenda on the Meetings Diary page.

(If you’re interested in joining the Friends Working Group, please contact Susan Harley for details.)

Library quotes


girl reading

“As a child I was a very shy little blonde kid that didn’t speak at all to anybody… And what was wonderful about the library was that you didn’t have to say a word. So it was my oasis. And you didn’t have to ask for things in full sentences. You could just point to a shelf and say, ’18th century dolls,’ and the librarians would lead you there. It was amazing. I felt like a queen.”

–  fabric artist & illustrator Adrienne Yorinks

Don’t know what to read next?



Go here for some terrific Book Recommendation Lists by the judges of the 2104 PEN Literary Awards  (America) — an organisation that’s been working to advance literature and foster international literary fellowship since 1922. With listings from children’s picture books to sports novels to essays, there’s something here for everyone.

Use the inter-library loan service at Chagford Library to find the UK editions of these excellent books.

Chagword NEWS



The first Chagword Run-up Event is tonight!

Chris Chapman introduces his documentary film:
How Many People See the Stars as I Do?

Where: Jubilee Hall, Chagford
When: Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 7:30 pm
Tickets: £6.00

Since 1975, Throwleigh resident Chris Chapman has been documenting the traditional Dartmoor way of life in his exceptional photographs, books, television programmes and documentary films. 

In this film, he explores the life and legacy of his friend Hope Bourne, the great Exmoor author, who died in 2010 at the age of 91. Chris has sifted through layers of mythology and misinformation to find the true Hope Bourne beneath: a bold, courageous woman whose work and passion for Exmoor are revered today.

“How many people see the stars as I do? Not many in this modern world, I think,” said Hope. “We have bartered our heritage for too many other things. Our small lives are hemmed about with fetters of our own making and our souls caught in a web of our own weaving. Who shall set us free? ”

This event is hosted by Chagword, the Dartmoor Literary Festival in Chagford. Please come see an extraordinary film and give your support to Chagword at the same time.

Library Campaign News



Jeffrey Cox, Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon, has joined in the campaign to save Appleton Library — one of the small libraries, like Chagford’s, threatened with closure due to council budget cuts.

This Saturday, 14 June, Mr Cox will meet representatives from the Friends of Appledore Library, who have developed their own proposals for its future, including incorporating a tourist information centre and hosting a book festival in order to attract more visitors.

“The possibility of the library closing has caused a great deal of anxiety and upset,” says Mr. Cox, “but it has reinforced people’s awareness of just how important it is to the local community. It is a well used and vital resource enjoyed by a great many in the village – young and old. I hope that Devon County Council will be persuaded by the powerful arguments against closure. I have been very impressed with the constructive suggestions that the Friends of Appledore Library, and others, have made and I strongly support their campaign to keep Appledore Library open.”

More information here.

Let’s get our own MP, Mel Stride, on board the campaign to save Chagford Library.

You’ll find information on how to contact Mr. Stride by mail, email, and telephone here.

Why printed books will never die


A girl reading in a hammock, Robert-Archibald Graafland. Dutch (1875 - 1940)

Josh Catone defends printed books over ebooks:

“Measured en masse, the stack of ‘books I want to read’ that sits precariously on the edge of a built-in bookshelf in my dining room just about eclipses 5,000 pages,” he writes. “The shelf is full to bursting with titles I hope to consume at some indeterminate point in the future. It would be a lot easier to manage if I just downloaded all those books to an iPad or Kindle. None are hard to find editions that would be unavailable in a digital format, and a few are recent hardcover releases, heavy and unwieldy.

“But there’s something about print that I can’t give up. There’s something about holding a book in your hand and the visceral act of physically turning a page that, for me at least, can’t be matched with pixels on a screen….

Read the full article here.

Art by Robert-Archibald Graafland (1875 – 1940)