This week Archives+ are taking part in various events in support of the ninth annual Chorlton Book Festival.

This started on Saturday the 16th of November with our attendance at the Magical World of Books family day held at Chorlton Library. As the children were dressing up we (Joanne and Angela) felt that we had no choice but to join in and decided to go for characters from a children’s book that has links to Manchester. Since Dodie Smith was born in Whitefield and raised in Trafford we felt it was only fitting to dress up as characters from ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’.

Cruella and Dalmatian AKA Joanne and Angela

We took a selection of children’s fiction books from our Special Collections and plenty of leaflets to advertise the reopening of Manchester Central Library next spring.

Special Collections

We also had a variety of craft activities taking place on the day, all related to children’s books held in our Special Collections, and a treasure hunt on the same theme.


I would like to give a special thanks to our Archives+ volunteers Natalie and Anne-Marie who dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and helped make the event fun for the many families who attended.

The Chorlton Book Festival continues until Saturday the 23rd of November so why not take a look here and see if you’re interested in attending any of the events? Maybe you’ll run in to one of the lovely members of Manchester Library Service staff when they’re not in costume.

Team photo