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National Libraries Day – this Saturday

I was excited to get an email about the celebrations for national libraries day here in Reading.  In other parts of the country I imagine this will be marked by protests about closures, or as in Wokingham about privatisation (or whatever it is) of libraries.  In Reading we have a library service that not only we are proud of but we are committed to enhancing and improving.

If you aren’t a member join on Saturday – there’s a free prize draw.  If you are do what I do and go along to one of the events and borrow a book.  Our Whitley councillor’s surgery is at the South Reading community centre (opposite Whitley library) so if you are going to the Whitley library coffee morning do drop in on us on your way or way back!

National Libraries Day
Saturday 4 February
Events and activities will be taking place at each Reading Borough Libraries branch in celebration of National Libraries Day on Saturday 4 February.
Be a winner, join the library!

Anyone who joins Reading Libraries on National Libraries Day will be entered in a prize draw for a top prize of a £20 book token.  10 runners up will receive a free library themed reusable bag donated by The Literary Gift Company.  If you bring along a friend to join you will also be entered into our prize draw.
Events at Reading Central Library

10.30 – 11am Rhymetime – Free event, places limited so arrive early.

1.30-2.30pm – The History of Reading Libraries
Local Historian David Cliffe will be talking about the fascinating history of Reading Libraries. Free event, ticket required. Email or collect from Reading Central Library.

3-4pm Talk by Lynn Shepherd author of Tom-All-Alone’s
Celebrating both National Libraries Day and Charles Dickens’ Bicentenary, author Lynn Shepherd will be talking about her book Tom-All-Alone’s. It is a new and gripping Victorian murder mystery inspired by Charles Dickens’ masterpiece Bleak House.
Free Event, ticket required. Email or collect from Reading Central Library.
Events at Whitley Library, Northumberland Avenue

9.30-1pm – Coffee Morning Drop in. All welcome.

2.30-3pm – Rhymetime

All Day – Children’s Treasure Hunt with a small gift for those who complete it on National Libraries Day.
Events at Palmer Park Library, St Bartholomew’s Road

9.30-1pm – Coffee Morning Drop in. All welcome.

All Day – Children’s Craft Drop in session – Make a bookmark.
Event at Tilehurst Library, School Road

10-10.30am – Rhymetime
Events at Caversham Library, Church Street

Monday 30 January – Saturday 4 February – Join us during the week of 30th Jan – 4th Feb to add your comments to our ‘Why I love my library’ display. Children are invited to colour pictures for the display showing what they love to do in the library.

Saturday 4 February All Day – Craft activity for children – Make your own bookmark.
Events at Battle Library, Oxford Road

All Day – Join us for a Children’s Treasure Hunt.
Events at Southcote Library, Coronation Square

2-3.30pm – From National Libraries Day on 4th February the Toy Library will also be opening Saturdays from 2-3.30pm. Why not come along and find out more.

All Day – Join us for a Children’s Treasure Hunt.

All Day – Take a look into the past with our display about the history of Southcote Library.

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