Tigers, Poets, and Superheroes

The importance of public libraries to their communities is reflected in the range and variety of events and activities that take place in and around them. With this in mind, here are another few highlights of the activities taking place in libraries around the UK:

Kirklees Libraries’ homebound borrowers were treated to a day out at Huddersfield town hall in a co-operatively organised event. A range of activities and entertainment was laid on, such as storytelling, an exercise session, the Borough Organist, and useful information on the Digital Switch-Over/benefits/pensions was provided too.

One of the Kirklees Libraries’ staff members, Jo Haslam, has recently been awarded joint second prize (out of 12,000 entries!) in the National Poetry Society Competition for her piece ‘Wish’. She will be appearing at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Jo works as a Bibliotherapist and Customer Service Officer at Slaithwaite Library.

Chris Manby visited Gowerton Library on Thursday 14th of April. She spoke to an enthralled audience about her newest romantic comedy ‘Kate’s Wedding’ and the trials and tribulations of being a writer. Swansea Libraries also have a busy schedule of fun free childrens events and activities during the Easter holidays – just like your local library! Theirs will include, amongst others: a Superhero party, a visit from Zoolab’s creepy-crawlies, and screenings of several family films.

Pictures of the new library facility for Southend town centre have been released – the new joint venture between Southend Council, Essex University and South Essex College will provide a fantastic asset to the people of the town. As well as housing the library, it will also house the Focal Point Gallery, a lecture theatre, meeting/teaching rooms, a higher education centre, and a cafe. There will also be a public square outside the building.

Edinburgh Libraries have started a new initiative called ‘Tiger Tales‘ aimed at parents with children aged 4-8. This will give them the opportunity to sit down together and enjoy a story told by the Tiger Tale Tellers, and to socialise with other parents and children in a safe environment. To add some extra excitement, the first session was held within Edinburgh Zoo and also featured a jungle quiz, face-painting and other activities.

That’s just a small number of the things going on in libraries. 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