Wednesday, 5 February 2014

National Libraries Day

You may have seen some of our publicity this week about National Libraries Day; an annual national celebration of libraries which this year takes place on Saturday 8th February. You can find out more on the website.We're running a competition where we want you to tell us, in the most creative way you can think of, why you love your campus library, and you'll see posters in the library/LRCs advertising the local public libraries too (they're on the ground floor at Bedford Library, and on Friday we'll have some goodies out for you too :-) ).  Public libraries offer space to work, books, ebooks, newspapers, magazines, online resources, internet and many other services, and they are free to join - you just need to take in some ID (usually two pieces, at least one with your address on) and they'll get you registered. They offer some great services, foster social inclusion, open up access to information and knowledge, and play a vital role in the lives of many people - and they are increasingly at risk. So if you have fond memories of visiting the library as a child, if you've been meaning to get round to joining the library, or even if you've never really been a library user, perhaps you could take the opportunity to go along to your local and see what's on offer. Bedfordshire Libraries has loads on this month, and on National Libraries Day you can get a free gift when you join a Bedford Borough library.

To find out what's on near you, check the events map, or have a look at the #NLD14 hashtag on Twitter.

Happy National Libraries Day, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with for our competition!

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