Treasure hunts, acoustic music, and a chance to meet a hawk are among the activities available in town libraries
The national celebration of libraries will be held on Saturday, 9 February and will see a number of Swindon Borough Council’s libraries highlight their services to the public.
On the day, all new library members will be entered into a prize draw to win a family ticket to see Jane Eyre at the Arts Centre on Monday, 18 February.
Central Library – pictured right by Jon Lebon of Urban Buzz -will welcome people with a glass of mulled wine and guided tours of the library will take place for new members. A children’s treasure hunt and a midday acoustic music session have also been organised.
Phil Voller from Wings over Wiltshire falconry centre will be present with one of his hawks following children’s story time at 11.30am.
A display about the history of Swindon’s libraries will also be available, courtesy of the library’s Local Studies staff.
Covingham library will be asking children and adults to share why they love libraries in order to create a display of customers’ favourite books, while Highworth Library will be launching a ‘Design your own book cover’ competition to run throughout February, with a prize kindly donated by the Friends of Highworth Library.
In addition to the main prize draw, anyone joining Liden Library on the day and for the rest of February will be entered into a local prize draw. Adult winners will be treated to a meal for two at the Liden Arms, and children will have the chance to win craft materials.
North Swindon Library will be sharing why customers love their library with a heart-themed display. Anyone interested in becoming a friend of North Swindon Library should also pop along on the day.
A slideshow of old photographs of Penhill and the surrounding area will be shown at Penhill Library and staff will be on hand to talk about Swindon’s history. People are also being encouraged to bring their own photographs and share their memories of the town.
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Strategic Transport who is also responsible for the borough’s libraries, said: “National Libraries Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our libraries and to showcase the wide range of services available.
“We have some fantastic events lined up and I would encourage any potential new members to visit their local library to see for themselves the vital services libraries provide in the heart of our local communities.”
To find out more about National Libraries Day and local events contact your local library. Details can be found at www.swindon.gov.uk/libraries