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Cabinet member Gill Heath, pictured at Stafford Library, launches the three month consultation.

Staffordshire to celebrate National Libraries week

People are being urged to visit their local library and join the celebrations as part of National Libraries Week.

The annual campaign, from 9 to 14 October, is a chance for people to discover the huge range of creative, innovative and diverse things they can do at their local library.  This year’s theme and message is simply ‘discover something new at your local library’.

Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service will be joining in the celebrations by hosting a week of their own activities and encouraging people to join.

At Stafford Library on Tuesday 10 October, celebrations include an Afternoon with Jane Austen, a talk by the Jane Austen Society.  Local poet, Mel Woodend is also running poetry events at Stafford, Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge Libraries.

Celebrations at Cannock Library include the Curious Case of Cannock Chase Local History Talk on 10th October.  At Hednesford Library volunteers have organised craft and embroidery sessions on Friday 13th October while family card making starts the celebrations at Burntwood Library on Saturday 7th October

In Newcastle, staff at Clayton Library will mark the week by displaying old photos of the Library from the 1950’s and encouraging customers to fill in post-it notes of their memories of the library.

Burton Library staff are running a special Tot’s Time of story and crafts on Wednesday 11th October based on the storybook Luna Loves Library Day.  Also a Snorefest will allow children to bring their stuffed toys for a sleepover in the library between 9am and 4.30pm on Friday 13 October.  They can be collected between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 14 October.

At Lichfield library, there will be a vintage fayre with tours of the Friary on Saturday 14 October from 10am-2pm.  And at Penkridge library On Thursday 12 October at 7pm visitors will welcome author A.G. Smith for a night of Terrifying Tales.

Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said:

“National Library Week is one of the key events in the libraries calendar and puts public libraries on a national stage. And, here in Staffordshire our 43 libraries are joining in the celebrations with lots of fun activities for all age’s right across the county.

“If you haven’t been into a library recently I’m sure you’ll be surprised by the amount of different things you can do there.  As well as all the books, e-books and e-magazines, you’ll also get free Wi-Fi and the chance to take part in lots of groups and activities. There’s never been a better time to be a member of your local library.  And, it’s free.”

For more information on Staffordshire libraries visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/librariesnew/libraries.aspx