Discover your local library during Libraries Week 2017

Published: 02 Oct 2017


Hertfordshire County Council’s Library Service is inviting residents to visit their local libraries and discover what they can do for them.

Libraries Week (9-14 October) is a national celebration of UK libraries which will see a number of Hertfordshire libraries organise events to showcase their best services and activities across themes such as digital, creative, cultural, information, health, and learning.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Localism and Libraries, said: “Times have changed and libraries are no longer just about borrowing  books, but can instead offer a huge variety of services and resources to help aid people in their learning, creative and technology skills.

“We are pleased that Hertfordshire libraries have been able to keep up with modern advances and Libraries Week is a great opportunity to show residents how far libraries have come and what they can offer, providing them with a chance to try out new things.”

Hitchin Library are holding a number of events over the whole week, which include a family fun day and a reading by Swimming with fishes author Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm on Monday 9 October. They are also the host location for Mrs Shaw Herself: a one woman performance about the wife of play writer, George Bernard Shaw, performed by actress Alexis Leighton.

Libraries Week will also see the launch of Chatterbooks groups at Baldock, Buntingford and Hitchin libraries, where children aged between 8 to 12, who are passionate about books will chat about the books they are reading and take part in games and activities. These free monthly groups offer a fun opportunity to explore books and try new things, with special gifts on offer for the Chatterbookers.

To find out if there are still spaces at your local library and to reserve your place, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/chatterbooks  – or ask at your local library.

Other activities include Where’s Wally events, at Hitchin and Letchworth libraries, where small cardboard images of Wally will be hidden for children to find. There will also be a social media campaign asking the public to identify the libraries where photographs of Wally have been taken.

‘Book in a Bag’ will see a number of libraries, such as Royston and Buntingford, having displays of books in paper bags and asking customers to take a chance on borrowing a surprise book.

There will also be four quiz nights held throughout the week at the following libraries and dates:

  • St Albans – Wednesday 11 October
  • Hemel Hempstead – Thursday 12 October
  • Hitchin  - Friday 13 October
  • Rickmansworth - Saturday 14 October.

Cllr Douris said: “With so many exciting events taking place throughout Hertfordshire, we would encourage residents to come along, bring the family and take part in the variety of activities on offer.”

Find out more about the events and things to do at your local library during Libraries Week 2017, visit, www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/librariesweek