This year’s National Libraries Day will take place across the length & breadth of Britain on Saturday 7 February 2015. As ever the key message is that we all treasure our libraries and the professional staff that make them so special.
“Hooray for National Libraries Day! So many wonderful things go on in libraries – not just reading, browsing and borrowing, but storytelling, rhyme times, book clubs, activity days, author events and holiday reading challenges – and this special day will be a celebration of them all.”
Julia Donaldson, Former Children’s Laureate
National Libraries Day is the climax of a week of celebrations held in public, & other, libraries up and down the country, with a strong focus on fun and creating a buzz about libraries. It is a chance for people to organise a local event or visit their library, reminding politicians, and the media, that our libraries and librarians are valued by the people they serve.
Barbara Band, School Librarian & former CILIP President, said “I am really excited to be thinking about National Libraries Day events because for 2015, we want to reach and involve more people than ever in order to collectively send out the message that our libraries and their professional staff are very much loved and needed.”
“The impact that libraries and librarians have on our wellbeing as communities and as a society is so fundamental and far-reaching; and it is vital that we recognise this. We need this expertise more than ever before in all the traditional ways, but also as we negotiate new challenges around information management and security, digital inclusiveness and much more.”
The National Libraries Day campaign is designed to say a national thank-you for the unique contribution made by libraries & their staff; from sparking a lifelong love of books and reading, to accelerating literacy and learning and connecting workers with the different kinds of information they need in their workplace; providing a home for social relationships and inclusiveness and a safe place for any member of the community to gain help and essential access to information and the internet.
Want to get involved?
Did you know that for National Libraries Day 2014, thousands of people took part in over 600 events in libraries across the country, including author visits and performances?
So celebrate on Saturday 7 February 2015
Join in by visiting the National Libraries Day website, organising an event, contributing to the forums, following @NatLibrariesDay on twitter, tweeting with the #NLD15 hashtag and visiting your local library.
Indeed you can even show your support by joining your local library. The Sunday Mirror is supporting National Libraries Day with a special promotion on the 1st February encouraging people to sign up with their local library.