Communities, Cartoons and Cheese

Public libraries frequently host or put on a range of events and activities that are wide in scope, audience and purpose. These avenues of informal learning, recreation, and social life show the library’s important role as a hub within the community – of far greater impact on the life of the local area than traditional stereotypical views would suggest. Here are just a few current and recent events from libraries around the UK:

Greasby Library in Wirral will be hosting an event showcasing the history of Wirral’s Lidos (open-air swimming pools) on Monday 6th of June – presenting the history of the area for education, entertainment and discussion.

The Crowhurst Community Agriculture group will be at Ore Library in Hastings on Saturday 4th of June to share their expertise. Take advantage of their advice, experience, hints and tips – there will also be a Plant Swap, so bring along some plants/cuttings/seeds and join in!

The Carnegie Library in Ayr hosted a kids’ cartoon workshop on the 27th May, led by a prominent local artist and citizen (who was actually awarded ‘Citizen of the Year’ a few years ago!). This gave the children an opportunity to learn and practice new creative skills whilst also engaging with their local community.

Several of Gloucestershire’s libraries are promoting a series of childrens events (between the 31st of May and the 3rd of June) celebrating local sporting heroes. This will focus on some interesting characters including an ex-commando surfing legend, a Wimbledon champion and the fingerless navigator who sailed solo across the Atlantic in 1899. There will also be fun traditional local sports events, not the least of which will be the cheese rolling!

Barnstaple Library in Devon is starting a Work Club service aimed at helping people get back into work or looking for their first job. This will include help with CV writing, interview techniques, volunteering opportunities and assistance with online application forms, as well as computer access in order to search for vacancies and help improve basic IT skills.

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