Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Spotlight 5. Mystery

In these Library Spotlight posts we’re picking a theme and highlighting some of the amazing content available to you online via Sheffield Libraries, as well as out there in the wider world. 

Today we’re taking the theme of Mystery.  

Exploring the Archives: The Mystery of the Marble Bust

Every month, the Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library receive hundreds of enquiries, all of them are a mystery of some kind that needs solving.   Looking back in 2017, perhaps the mystery of the marble bust was one of the most intriguing.

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Mystery titles in the eLibrary

The eLibrary is bursting with stories of mystery including familiar favourites and new bestselling crime fiction.  Why not listen to an eAudiobook while doing chores, get lost in an eBook, or even try Cluedo, the comic.

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Investigating Sherlock Holmes

If you want to delve a little deeper into the world of the great detective, why not take a look at the Sherlock Holmes Society of London; a literary and social Society for the study of the life and work of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.  Their website contains journal articles, book reviews and recordings.  

Listen to this Guardian Books podcast with author and psychologist Maria Konnikova who reveals how Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional sleuth can help us maximise our brain power.  

Or check out this American podcast about the life of Conan Doyle and the origins of the Sherlock Holmes character that has become the universal archetype of the independent detective?   

The Famous Five: Manuscript Notes and Typescript Drafts

Our friends at the British Library recently launched the amazing Discovering Children’s Books website.  A collection of original drafts, artworks, poems and notebooks by beloved authors and illustrators including Lewis Carroll, Enid Blyton, and Liz Pichon.

The Famous Five are perhaps the best-loved of all Enid Blyton's characters. A group of children and their dog who meet up every school holiday, and before long fall into a new adventure.

Here you can see pages from Enid Blyton’s original drafts for Five Go to the Mystery Moor and Five Have a Wonderful Time.

Listen to Dragon Detective: The Missing Books – Part One

Gareth P Jones is the award winning author of over 40 books for children of all ages.  Check out the first of four storytelling videos about the Dragon Detective and help solve the mystery of the missing library books. 

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