Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas classics are top read in libraries 

Cardiff’s favourite Christmas books have been unveiled by Welsh libraries and it seems that when it comes to a good read this festive season people like to stick to tradition.

According to Cardiff Council run libraries, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the most
popular festive book and is taken out of libraries more than any other at this time of year.

Also featuring in the top 10 is The Snowman, The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker.
Modern classics like The Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas also feature, as
does Delia Smith’s Christmas which was the fifth most popular Christmas book.

Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive member for Culture, Leisure and Parks, said: “Forget
watching Christmas re-runs on TV, more and more people are settling down with the family to
read a good book at this time of year. It’s no surprise that the traditional classics are still the
favourites. They are timeless stories that people of all ages can enjoy reading. And with a little
help from our other top 10 author Delia, there will be a good meal to enjoy once you are

The Top 10 Christmas Books*
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
2. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
4. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
5. Delia Smith’s Christmas by Delia Smith
6. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
7. The Nutcracker by ETA Hoffman
8. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien
9. Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
10. A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

* according to numbers loaned from Welsh libraries in December 2006.


Monthly unemployment figures 

The monthly unemployment figures for the Adamsdown ward for the month of November 2007 are as follows:

Male: 202 (no change)
Female: 54 (down 2)
Total: 256 (down 2)

Source: Cardiff Research Centre


Roath Library 

Roath Library will be temporarily closed to the public for one week from Monday 14th January 2008.

Earlier this year part of the lead was stolen from the roof of the Library and as a consequence the building was no longer water tight. Unfortunately, the carpet in the main library became water logged and was too damaged to dry out properly. A new carpet has been obtained through an insurance claim and will be fitted now that the essential roof repairs have been completed.

This temporary closure is for Health and Safety reasons and the subsequent improvement to the library will enable the whole community to be served more effectively when it re-opens.

The Library will re-open on Monday 21st January 2008.


Friday, December 07, 2007

Christmas and New Year bus services 

Over the holiday period, there will be no bus services on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in general there will be earlier finishes.

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