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Celebrate National Libraries Day

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Published: 02/02/2015

South Gloucestershire’s libraries have a range of fun activities planned to mark National Libraries Day on Saturday 7 February.

Use it, love it, join it! That’s the message this February when anyone who uses their library or simply loves reading is invited to join in the celebrations.

Libraries throughout South Gloucestershire have events and activities taking place on and around National Libraries Day, including author visits, craft sessions, and storytime and rhymetime sessions for young children (full listings follow below).

Additionally, all library members who visit their local library on the day can reserve up to two items from the LibrariesWest catalogue free of charge, hire a DVD for half price and anyone who borrows at least three physical items will be entered into a free prize draw with the chance to win a tablet computer, a £25 voucher for a well-known online retailer and a range of bestselling books. The free prize draw is also open to anyone who joins the library online at on Saturday 7 February (visit the website for terms & conditions).

We are also launching a Facebook eAudio reading group on National Libraries Day for people who find it difficult to attend a reading group but would still like to read the same book as others and share their thoughts afterwards. All the titles being discussed are available to download for free at
Visit the LibrariesWest Facebook page to find out how to get involved

BBC Radio Bristol will be joining the celebrations again by touring the five LibrariesWest authorities with the Afternoon Show with Claire Cavanagh in the week leading up to National Libraries Day. Radio Bristol will be visiting Thornbury Library on Tuesday 3 February between 2pm and 4pm and the show will feature interviews with authors Susan Lewis and Paula Bowles.

Other activities taking place on National Libraries Day (Saturday 7 February) include:

Get singing Thornbury
Thornbury Library, 10am to 11.30am
Hear the community choir performing outside Thornbury Library.

Basic book folding for adults
Patchway Library, 10am to 11.30am
An opportunity to have a go at book folding. Places are free but need to be booked via the library on 01454 868006 or by emailing

Storytime fun with Elmer
Chipping Sodbury Library, 10am
Yate Library, 11.30am
Storytime session for young children with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.
(Also at Yate Library on Sunday 8 February, 11.30am)

Children in the Bristol Blitz
Filton Library, 2.30pm
A talk by author and historian Penny Starns. Get your free ticket from

Many libraries will also be running a treasure hunt for children and a fun literary quiz for adults to coincide with National Libraries Day – pick up free treasure maps and quiz sheets from your library on the day.

Visit for more details on what’s happening at your library on Saturday 7 February and the week leading up to it.

You can also get in touch on the day via Twitter (@LibrariesWest #NLD15) and ‘like’ us on Facebook to share what you love most about your library

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