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Shropshire Libraries to celebrate National Libraries Day

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National Libraries Day takes place on Saturday 7 February 2015.  It’s an occasion to celebrate all that libraries do in the community, and for communities to show how much libraries mean to them.

There are lots of things happening.  Shropshire Council is inviting people to come and discover what their library can do for them, discuss their favourite literature, be entertained by a stand-up poet, put together a communal jigsaw or take out a mystery book recommended by library staff.  Most events have tea and cake.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said:

“Libraries play a big part in the well-being of our communities every day, but this special day gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful resource at the heart of Shropshire life.”

There are a number of events on and around the day.

  • Market Drayton Library is holding a drop-in Discover your Library on Wednesday 4 February between 10am and 1pm to promote all the services they provide
  • On National Libraries Day itself (Saturday 7 February), Whitchurch Library invites families to come along and join in with fun and games between 10am and 11am
  • Oswestry Library is holding an afternoon salon on Saturday 7 February at 3pm with the winner of the Guardian Short Story competition Lisa Blower.
  • Also on Saturday 7 February, favourite literature will be discussed and tea and cake consumed, and in the evening at 7.30pm as Shrewsbury Library plays host to Jonny Fluffypunk, a hugely entertaining performance poet.

For more information, contact Mirka Duxberry or Sheena Batey (commissioning managers for reading and learning) on 01743 255031 or email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk.

Shropshire libraries have a twitter account too, so followers can use #NLD to say what libraries mean to them.