Discover your local library during Libraries Week 2018

Published: 03 Oct 2018

 Hertfordshire County Council is inviting residents to visit their local library during Libraries Week and discover what they can do for them.

Libraries Week (8-13 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: “This year’s theme is wellbeing and there will be a variety of activities taking place to highlight everything libraries do to bring people and communities together, help to combat loneliness and isolation, and support people with their mental health.

“Times have changed and libraries are no longer just about borrowing  books, but can also 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 adapt to the needs and demands of the modern world 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 Tuesday 9 October, Hitchin Library will be holding health and wellbeing taster courses, and a poetry as healing workshop will be held at Hemel Hempstead Library. There will also be a Reminiscence event sing-a-long for elderly residents at Abbots Langley Library on Thursday 11 October.

A selection of Author Talks will be taking place throughout the week, including Leigh Russell at Watford Central Library, talking about her series of mystery books featuring Geraldine Steel, and Dr Mark Gallaway from the Bayfordbury Observatory discussing the ‘Big Bang’ at Hoddesdon Library.

Libraries Week will see the launch of Chatterbooks groups in libraries across Hertfordshire, including; Hoddesdon, Letchworth, St Albans, and Stevenage 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 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  – or ask at your local library.

Other activities include the Hertford Treasure Hunt at Hertford Library and a Horrid Henry story book making workshop at North Watford Library. There will also be a CreatorSpace Workshop at Hemel Hempstead, where children can come along and play traditional board games, use 3D pens and have a go on a virtual reality headset. 

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

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 2018, visit,