Weekend Wonderings

Readers, today is National Libraries Day!

From past posts, I’m pretty sure that most of you were probably big library goers when you were younger. But I’d guess a smaller percentage are library goers now. An increase in cash-flow, accompanied by the dangerous ease of one-click Amazon, means that perhaps we don’t support our libraries as much as we should.

Today is the day to remind ourselves of all of the awesomeness that is our local library. That thrill of walking in and not knowing what books you’ll take home today. For FREEEEEEE! Finding a book is back on the shelves that you’ve been waiting for. Discovering new books. Being disappointed when you realise your card will only allow you to take 7 books out. Being pleased as punch when turning 12 because you’re upgraded to the adult amount of ELEVEN WHOLE BOOKS

You can get involved in lots of ways. Obviously you can visit your library, which probably has all sorts going on, and maybe even the odd brilliant author or two milling around.

But you can also use social media to support the cause. You can ‘like’ the National Libraries facebook page here.  You can get involved via twitter here, or by using the hashtag #NLD13. In fact I would highly recommend following along on twitter today, because The Reading Agency (a charity whose aim is to  to give everyone an equal chance in life, by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers – we like their thinking) have got together an amazing group of authors (including Stephen Fry, Jacqueline Wilson, Andy McNab, Peter James, Malorie Blackman, Steve Cole, Ahdaf Souief, Anita Anand, Adele Parks, Sathnam Sanghera, Ann Cleeves, Melissa Benn and Tom Holland, to name but a few) who will be tweeting mini- love letters to their libraries all day, and we can all join in too, just by adding the hashtag #lovelibraries.

There you have it readers. Go! Support your library!

Categories: Books, Weekend Wonderings
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5 Comments

  1. Posted February 9, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I go to my local library at least once a week, but I’m so lucky to work right next door to a library, and I get through books at a slightly alarming rate so it would seriously dent my salary! Although when I go in nearly everyone is going to use the internet, which is a good service but obviously not quite the point. We should set up a book club or something, I miss that from my old library.

    Libraries are amazing!

  2. Pickle
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    The libraries in the UK are amazing and not to be taken for granted!

    I recently moved to a country with no libraries and a great thirst for books and it’s made me realise how lucky I was to grow up with the brilliant network of public libraries in the UK – I particularly loved the mobile library that used to visit my village primary school once every week or two. At just the time when so many libraries in the UK are under threat and being forced to close there’s a big campaign here to try to start up a network of public libraries as they’re seen as key to the country’s development.

  3. Posted February 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, and you are so lucky. I am in The Netherlands, where they call the libraries public, but if you are older than 18 you actually have to pay to get a subscription and be able to loan books. It irritates me so much, because to me, that does not make them public anymore.
    Such a great initiative, to have so many activities and a National Day! I am writing a short note about it anyway!

  4. Posted February 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder Clare- I saw this (http://gltweeps.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/tweeting-for-national-libraries-day/) article a week ago and resolved to tweet today but I must confess, I forgot all about it until now!

    Our libraries are such an amazing resource and it would be a huge shame to lose them.

    I second Katy’s call for an AOW book club! :)

  5. Rach M
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Great post, it’s a fantastic thing to raise awareness of libraries and to support them. All of the talk of closing them in the UK had my blood running cold. I’m lucky that my library in London that was under threat was saved (for now), I was a regular user until we left the UK last summer, now I am a regular user in Hong Kong. I adore libraries, they are so calming and brilliant. Xx

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