Libraries across the Island are taking part in National Libraries Week starting today (Monday 9th October).

National Libraries Week is running this year from 9th to 14th October and is aimed at showcasing the best that UK libraries of all kinds have to offer, encouraging everyone to discover that their local library is about far more than just books.

There are lots of events in libraries this week, celebrating the difference libraries make to our communities, ranging from one-to-one IT help sessions; a Jane Austen tea party; an open evening; a cinema evening; a special musical story time for children; and even the chance to enjoy a blind date with a book.

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Cabinet member for environment and heritage, Councillor John Hobart, said:

“We have a wealth of activities that the community can carry out online at local libraries, not just for National Libraries Week but every week. From using our library online services to apply for jobs or to read the newspaper, the library is a brilliant community service which is accessible to everyone.

“I would encourage everyone to take a another look at your local library, come and meet your local library staff and find out more about all the different things you can do throughout the year.”

Libraries are at the heart of the local community and make a real difference to the lives of the people who use them – with a focus on health, digital, culture, prosperity, learning, community as well as reading.

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