Poll: Norfolk libraries go to the movies to get more people reading

PUBLISHED: 13:46 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:36 26 February 2013




As the Norfolk Library Service’s latest campaign features books that have been adapted to film, we want to know your favourite.

Did you grip the edge of your seat watching Dracula? or sneak a kiss on the back row watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

But how many times have you also been to watch a film at the cinema or bought the DVD and realised you enjoyed the book more?

It is often the mark of a classic novel that it has been chosen to be adapted for the big screen and the Norfolk Library Service is bringing some of those books to the fore in its latest campaign to get people reading.

‘Great Big Read Goes to the Movies’ launches this Friday and libraries across the county will be getting in extra copies of 10 books that were selected by a public poll last year as their favourite film adaptations.

From the classic Dracula by Bram Stoker that was adapted for film by Terence Fisher in the chilling 1958 gothic horror to the magical adventure Life of Pi by Yann Martel, currently showing in cinemas and based on story of Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper, there is something for all tastes.

And library staff will not only be encouraging visitors to choose one of the books to read but also to read them at the same time as friends or family, discuss them and enjoy the sociable side of reading.

For the six weeks of the promotion, tie-in events and activities will be held by libraries across Norfolk, with some organising town and village reads to encourage as many members of local communities as possible to read the same book and discuss it, either at special events such as coffee mornings held by the library or at the local pub, at the school gates or over the garden fence.

Some community cinemas will also be screening films to tie in with the booklist.

Barry Stone, cabinet member for cultural services at Norfolk County Council, said: “We want people to consider reading as a sociable thing to do in the same way going to the cinema often is. Reading a great book is a real pleasure, and sharing your thoughts about the story and the characters is a way of extending that pleasure and getting people excited about books and reading.

* The campaign will be officially launched at Dereham Library on Friday evening when performance group Scary Little Girls presents a specially created show ‘Story Smiths’ which takes its inspiration from the campaign’s 10 featured book-to-screen adaptations and uses music to bring them to life. The show is suitable for anyone aged 12 and above and will run from 7.30pm to 9pm. Tickets are priced at £7 in advance or £8 on the door and can be bought from the library.

* Cinema City in Norwich will screen film adaptations of five of the 10 books kicking off with the 1947 version of Brighton Rock on Sunday, March 10. Screenings of Atonement, Arrietty (an adaptation of The Borrowers), Rebecca and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will follow on Sundays in March and April. Competitions to win pairs of tickets to each of the screenings will be held on the Norfolk Libraries Facebook page.

* Libraries will also be running a competition for young people, with 10 entrants being given the opportunity to take part in a film-making workshop with BBC East during the Easter holidays. Anyone aged 11 to 19-years-old can enter and will be asked to create a storyboard of their favourite book with three scenes depicting the beginning, middle and end. Entry forms are available from all libraries and mobile libraries and the closing date is Monday, March 18.

* The launch event is also being held as part of Breckland Book Festival which will take place throughout March.

* It’s free to join the library and free to borrow books, ebooks and magazines. DVDs, console games and CDs can also be borrowed at reasonable prices. For more information about library services, how to join and events ask at your local library or visit

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