National Libraries Day – What are you doing for it?

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Tomorrow is National Libraries Day. A day of celebrating and showing your support for all types of libraries in the UK. Around the country many libraries and their supporters are sharing the library love in a variety of ways, including read-ins, craft sessions, author visits to libraries, story times, service promotion events and taster sessions, and promotional campaigns on social media. The hashtag on Twitter is #NLD15.

Unfortunately many library services are facing cuts again – yes, it seems never-ending – and library supporters around the country are also showing their support with rallies and protest events. On a day like National Libraries Day it is the perfect opportunity to get their voices heard. In fact, National Libraries Day originally started out as Save Our Libraries Day in 2011, and as well as celebrating libraries on this day, it is also important to challenge the cuts and closures facing libraries. It’s probably the biggest day of the year for the media to take an interest in libraries in the UK.

Members of the Voices for the Library team are going to be taking part in their own ways.

Alan has been asked to speak at the rally outside the Library of Birmingham. This flagship library was only opened in late 2013, but is already facing severe cuts and reduction in services. Here is the text of Alan’s speech.

As part of the friends group Jo has been involved in organising a fun event at Bristol Central Library, and will be there supporting it.

Ian Anstice is supporting a National Libraries Day craft event run by his library service and will be helping out with promotion on social media.

Gary is also helping with his library service social media and getting out and about to promote libraries via the Library A to Z.

Ian Clark, Lauren and Tom are all visiting libraries in their areas and making use of the services and resources on offer. Don’t forget that every extra visit to a library and use of its services helps increase the CIPFA statistics, a key indicator of how valued libraries are.

So, you can see that supporting libraries on National Libraries Day is something that you can do in whatever way you want and whatever way suits you – it doesn’t matter how you show your support on National Libraries Day, but it is important that you do.

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