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.”

On Monday 9 October, Berkhamstead Library will be having its official opening take place, followed by an evening event with readings from two local authors, Clare Swatman and Majorie Lazarro.

Hoddesdon Library will be holding a party on Wednesday 11 October, to celebrate 40 years of service. The library will also be hosting a talk and demonstration on the same day, with Cynthia Stroud, author of Pretty Gorgeous Cakes.

Other activities include Where’s Wally events, at Ware, Harpenden and Hatfield 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 having displays of books in paper bags and asking customers to take a chance on borrowing a surprise book.

Rickmansworth will be holding a quiz night on 14 October, which has been arranged by Reading Hacks, young library volunteers. Quizzes will also be held throughout the week at the following libraries and dates:

  • St Albans - 11 October
  • Hemel Hempstead - 12 October
  • Hitchin  -  13 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