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Love your library on National Libraries Day

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Published: 05/02/2013

National Libraries Day, on Saturday 9 February, is one day devoted to all libraries – public libraries, school and university libraries, prison, and commercial libraries.

Highlights at South Gloucestershire libraries this week will feature coffee mornings, special storytimes for pre-school children and their families, surprise reads, quizzes, musical performances, treasure hunts, crafts and activities.

One young reader who has benefitted from attending storytime at Filton Library is two year old Wilbur Leoviriyakit, who received the gold certificate from the Bookstart Bear club a few weeks ago.

Pimkhuan Kamnerdsupaphon, Wilbur’s mum, said: “We get most of our books from the library and I read to him at least one or two picture books a day. We go the Bookstart Bear Club story and rhyme time sessions twice a week at Filton Library and it really encourages Wilbur to read. He likes getting the certificates and listening to the stories. It is also a great opportunity for him to mix socially and meet other children.”

Other National Libraries Day activities include an opportunity to find out more about e-books, e-readers and e-publishing, with local authors Ali Bacon; Shirley Wright and Avis Randall reading from their own recently published e-books at a free event on Thursday 7 February from 7.30pm, at Emersons Green Library.

Downend Library are hosting ancestry taster sessions to get you started tracing your family tree on Saturday 9 February. Contact the library for more information and to book a place by emailing or calling 01454 868006.

At Staple Hill Library, bestselling author Lesley Pearce will be talking about her extraordinary life and her writing on Wednesday 13 February from 7pm. Tickets cost £2.60 and are available from South Gloucestershire libraries or online through our library events page at

Additionally, if you visit your library on National Libraries Day, you can reserve any book from a catalogue of over two million items; take advantage of half price DVD hire, plus if you borrow at least three items you will be entered into a free prize draw with the chance to win a Kobo eBook reader and new DVD titles.

To find out more details about any of these events, log onto or ring 01454 868006.

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