Bunnies, WORDfest and human libraries

Public libraries are as much about the community that use them, as they are about book lending. This community spirit is often highlighted by events, activities and classes run in libraries. There are so many of these fun events happening throughout the country that we thought we would spread the word about them.

So, below are a few of the great events happening in libraries throughout the UK.

Crawley is currently running its own WORDfest (2nd – 9th April). It’s Crawley’s first ever festival dedicated to celebrating words and writing in its many forms. Highlights include a talk by Wilbur Smith, fun days, live short-story writing, book fair, open mic session and a talk on self publishing.

The Scarborough Literature Festival is running from 14th – 17th April and is now in its 5th year. Authors involved in the festival include Sarah Waters, Joanna Trollope, Jodi Picoult. Other events include sessions with Steve Bell (Guardian cartoonist), children’s book illustrator Tony Ross, youth workshops and fringe events in libraries outside Scarborough. Elsewhere in North Yorkshire, Malton Library, is running an Easter promotion for children, including an Easter bunny animal welfare session… and free chocolate.

Robin Reads from Kingsley Amis


Bedfont Library, in Hounslow, recently held a craft fair with stalls run by each of the groups that use the library for weekly classes. Watercolour paintings, knitted items and sewing crafts were amongst the items on sale.

In partnership with NHS Bolton, Bolton Library took part in World Autism Awareness Day by running a human library event with volunteers who are affected by the condition. The event allowed library users to talk to the volunteers about autism and gain a personal insight into how it affects people.

The community of Selston in Nottinghamshire involved youngsters in a project, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to create stained glass windows for the library and college.

That’s just a handful of the fun activities that have happened or are happening in libraries in the near future. We’ll be letting you know about more of these events in future, but if you want to find out what’s going on in your local public library why not visit your local library website and look for the “What’s on?” or “Events” link on it for more details.

…and, if you’ve enjoyed an event at your local library, why not share your experiences with us, by emailing us with details at stories@voicesforthelibrary.org.uk