Love your Library this Saturday

Wiltshire libraries will be celebrating National Libraries Day this Saturday (February 9) with a range of exciting activities and events.

As well as the usual opportunity to browse the shelves, borrow books, latest films and talking books, many libraries will be offering the chance for people to share reasons why they love their local library.

Almost half the population of Wiltshire have a library card, and there are around two million visits a year to Wiltshire’s libraries alone. It’s free to join the library and get a card, all that’s needed is a proof of name and address with no forms to fill in.

Cllr Alan MacRae, portfolio holder for libraries, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating National Libraries Day in Wiltshire, and I encourage people to visit their local library to see the range of services available, or even check out some of the newer services online such as our free eBooks. I'm certainly going to be visiting my local library to take part in the fun activities."

For the very youngest readers, parents of toddlers can collect their free Bookstart book pack on the day (and the following week). This is aimed at parents who missed out receiving a pack during their baby’s eight or 12 month health contact, which is when they are usually handed over, so the child will be aged between one and two years old. Library staff will also be happy to answer any other queries regarding reading with young children.

Events at local libraries on Saturday include:
Bradford on Avon
Why we love our library board where you can write what your library means to you
Calne
Once Upon a Saturday, story and activity session for young families, 10.15am
Why we love our library board 
Chippenham
Why we love our library board

Malmesbury

Out Loud drop in poetry event where you can share their favourite poem. People can stay for as little or long as they want and enjoy listening and hearing poetry read aloud.  Everyone welcome, 10.30am-12 noon
Melksham
Why we love our library

Trowbridge 

Why we love our library board
Warminster
Displays of children’s and adult’s books that feature libraries and books.
Drop-in activities where children can draw their favourite book character and adults can write a book review of the book they’re currently reading/their favourite book
Westbury
Displays of children’s and adult’s books that feature libraries and books
Drop-in activities where children can draw their favourite book character and adults can write a book review of the book they’re currently reading/their favourite book
Why we love our library board

Royal Wootton Bassett
Out Loud drop in poetry event – members cans share their favourite poem. Stay for as little or long as you want and enjoy listening and hearing poetry read aloud.  Everyone welcome, 10.30am-12 noon

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