5 reasons to ‘love your library’ – National Libraries Day 6 February

National Libraries Day

National Libraries Day

Saturday 6 February 2016 will see the 5th National Libraries Day. This is a day of events and activities promoting the different ways that modern libraries help people, families and communities across the UK.

To celebrate the day, our library services are taking the whole month of February to showcase all your library’s facilities that are provided and which are increasingly becoming more vital to you than ever before. We will highlight the many essential services your libraries provide which can be accessed from 24 libraries across our area. These services range from story-time for children, digital skills courses for adults and, of course, providing access to countless books.

There are lots of events taking place to mark the day, including:

1. Kirklees Curiosities in Golcar

On 1 February, 7:30pm buddy historians can enjoy a fascinating talk about odd and unusual items, architecture, shops, people and books in our area with Golcar library’s Kirklees Curiosities.  Our event is also part of Huddersfield Literature Festival 2016.

2. Harry Potter evening

At Dewsbury library on 4 February, 3:30-5:30pm young wizards, witches and muggles will be treated to an evening of games, activities, and quizzes. You will be able to get into character by dressing up in your best wizards’ robes and creating your own potions for a night of Potter inspired fun.

3. ‘Blind date with a book’, Kirkburton

On 13 February Kirkburton Library invites you to play ‘blind date with a book’ where you can take a chance and pick up a mystery book that’s been wrapped, ready to be borrowed. Who knows which exciting new author you might uncover?

4. Pop up Cafe at Birstall

Back by popular demand, Friends of Birstall Library are running their Pop up Café on 18 February. Why not take 10 minutes out of your daily routine? Call in, choose a new book and put your feet up with a cuppa. We are planning to have this as a regular feature on our calendar

5. ‘Big Books’

Pop down to Honley Library’s ‘Big Books’ event on 19 February and help to make one of a series of giant artworks.  You will be inspired by the works of author Jeremy Strong who will be featuring at the Pageturners Festival at Huddersfield Library. The giant book will then be displayed at the Pageturners Children’s Reading Festival finale.

Cllr Turner, our cabinet member for resources said:

The sheer breadth of activities and services one can access at a local library is simply staggering. Customers can find new authors and favourite novels; join in at story time or rhyme time; search for jobs; complete a digital skills course; attend knit and natter or local history groups, and find out what’s happening locally.

Our libraries pride themselves on being a part of the community. People come to borrow books, of course, and there’s nothing staff like more than recommending new titles to readers young and old. But there is so much more that libraries do that lots of people don’t know about, and February – a month to love your library – gives the service a chance to shout about those other services too!”

Local people can take advantage of the activities and services listed and make February ‘a month to love your library’.

With over 280 million visits in 2013-14, going to the library is one of the most popular activities in the UK. More people went to the library than to Premier League football matches (13.9 million), the theatre (22 million) and cinema (165.5 million) combined .

Dates for your diary

Library events throughout February include:

1st Golcar Library 7.30pm, £2 – Kirklees Curiosities talk
3rd Huddersfield Town Hall 9.00-1.00pm – Kirklees Transcription Service presents ‘Vision Connect 2016’
3rd Almondbury Library 7pm, £2 – Glenys Newton, author talk
4th Dewsbury Library 3.30 – 5.30pm – Harry Potter night
5th Cleckheaton Library 10 –noon – Curling and Wii-fit for the over 50s
6th Slaithwaite Library – National Libraries Day
7th All libraries – Library catalogue day -use the online library catalogue to renew your books
8th Holmfirth Library 6-7:30pm – Writers group
9th Marsden Library 10.30-noon – Reader’s group
10th Huddersfield Library 10am – Visually Impaired reader’s group
11th Meltham Library – Did you know you can return your books at any Kirklees library?
12th Batley Library 10am – Crochet club
13th Kirkburton Library – Blind date with a book
14th All libraries – Guaranteed romance with an e-book (ebooks.kirklees.gov.uk)
15th Mirfield Library 4.30-6.30pm – Knit and natter
16th Lindley Library 10.45-11.15am – Rhymetime
17th Huddersfield Library 1-2pm -Huddersfield’s best address local history talk
18th Birstall Library 1.30-3pm – Pop up café run by Friends of Birstall Library Group
19th Honley Library 2-4pm – Big Books! Family crafts
20th Tourist Information Centres – Book your town hall show tickets at your local tourist information centre
21st Birkby Fartown Library – Use a computer for free at your local library
22nd Shepley Library 2.30-3pm – Story and rhyme time
23rd Rawthorpe Dalton Library 2-4pm – Local history talk
24th Chestnut Centre 1-4pm – IT support sessions
25th Heckmondwike Library – Ring a library to arrange a class visit
26th Kirkheaton Library 2.30-3.15pm – Lego club
27th Skelmanthorpe Library -Digital support (COBRA) for businesses at every library
28th Greenwood Centre – It’s free to borrow books from any Kirklees library

More info

For further information contact our Communities and Leisure Service team on 01484 226300 or you can contact them by emailing: frontline.services@kirklees.gov.uk

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