Discover your local library during National Libraries Week

03 October 2017

Norfolk residents are being encouraged to discover more about their local library during National Libraries Week which runs from October 9 to 14.

This year’s national theme is Discovery so whether you are a regular library visitor keen to find out what else is on offer, or a non-member keen to discover the benefits of joining, there will be something for everyone. National Libraries Week aims to showcase all that our country’s public libraries have to offer.

Last year, there were 250 million visits to public libraries nationally, more than cinema and theatre visits, visits to the UK’s top ten tourist attractions and number of people attending live music gigs - combined!*

Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said: “Our libraries have become real community hubs and have come a long way since they were places where you just read books and had to be quiet. I would encourage residents to make the most of all the free services on offer at their local library in Norfolk by getting involved in National Libraries Week.”

Events being held as part of National Libraries Week include discovery storytelling sessions with author Liam Carroll, visits by the Book Doctor who can prescribe new reading material based on reading preferences to help people discover new reads, book clubs, colouring clubs, baby bounce and rhyme time, library olympics, mini-movers, tablet sessions and health activities including new walking groups.

The library service also offers a range of regular activities as part of Norfolk County Council’s award-winning campaign In Good Company, which aims to tackle loneliness and isolation. Libraries now offer more than 130 weekly activities including Just a Cuppa, Knit and Natter, Chess and Scrabble clubs.

Details of all the events being held as part of the week can be found below.

They include storytelling sessions as follows:
Monday 9 October: David Tonge will be storytelling all day on the mobile library on the Mattishall, East Tuddenham and Colton route.
Tuesday 10 October: Tales of the Tooth Fairy storytelling at Wymondham library at 4pm.

Liam Carroll’s storytelling sessions on:
Monday 9 October: Thetford 11.15 - 11.45am, Watton 1 - 1.45pm (for under 5s)
Tuesday 10 October: Dersingham 10.30 - 11.15am, Kings Lynn 1.30 - 2.15pm
Wednesday 11 October: Norwich Millennium Library 11 - 11.45am (under 5s) and Taverham 3.30pm
Thursday 12 October: Dereham 10 - 10.45am (under 5s) and Attleborough 3.45pm
Friday 13 October: North Walsham 10 - 10.45am (under 5s) and Cromer 2 - 2.45pm (invited primary school group)

Other sessions include:
Monday 9 October: Discover Your Past, Attleborough Library, 11am - noon
Tuesday 10 October: Coffee Morning for World Mental Health Day, Caister library, 10am - noon
Wednesday 11 October: The Book Doctor at Blofield Library 10.30 - 11.30am
Discover Walking, Downham Library, 2 - 3pm
Thursday 12 October: Discover Online, Great Yarmouth Library, 10 - 11am
Friday 13 October: Walk and Talk, Costessey Library, 9am
Discover Quilling, Gaywood Library, 10am

The library service has also put together a collection of books for the week, called Journeys of Discovery, which cover a wide range of themes and topics. They will be available initially at Millennium Library in Norwich and libraries in Dereham, North Walsham, Wymondham, Downham Market, Sheringham, Poringland and Diss.

Norfolk Library and Information Service is part of Norfolk County Council and has 47 libraries and eight mobile libraries. It is free to join the library service and borrow books and e-books. DVDs can be rented as can meeting room space in some of the libraries.

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