It’s National Libraries Day on 6 February – and in West Sussex there will be a whole week of activities, events, and special offers to celebrate.
West Sussex County Council’s Library Service operates 36 public libraries, one prison library, two mobile libraries and an extensive schools’ library service.
They stock almost one million items from books to music, DVDs and language packs.
Here’s what will be happening:
• Residents can try any of the borrowable stock – for free! All reservations placed between Monday 1 – Sunday 7 February 2016 will be free of charge. Customers can choose from any items in stock across West Sussex; no matter which library the item is in, it can be delivered to the customer’s local branch. Reservations for books usually cost 80p if placed by library staff or 50p if completed online. Children’s items are free to reserve on children’s tickets.
Reservations can be placed via the West Sussex Libraries app (free on Google Play or App Store); by using the online catalogue at home or in the library, or by speaking to a member of library staff by phone or face-to-face.
• In the week leading up to National Libraries Day, there are nearly 200 activities and events taking place in West Sussex Libraries. This includes all regular activities for adults and children such as baby rhyme time, multi-sensory story time, knit & natter and board games. In addition there will be a fabulous selection of one-off events including Sing-Along A Sound of Music and Afternoon Tea with author Nicola Cornick. To see a full list of events, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraryevents or pop into your local library.
Saturday 6 February 2016 is the fifth National Libraries Day – a day of events and activities promoting the difference that modern libraries make to people, families and communities across the UK. Libraries are a vitally important service providing community spaces, supporting literacy and wellbeing and reducing social isolation.
With over 280 million visits in 2013/14, going to the library is one of the most popular activities in the UK.