Annual Libraries Week celebrations (7-12 October 2019) will showcase how libraries have transformed their digital offer, featuring events and activities in more than 1,000 libraries across the UK.
- From coding clubs, makerspaces and STEM activities to helping people to get online, Libraries Week 2019 will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise.
- Take part in CILIP’s competition to Build the Library of the Future out of LEGO bricks and win tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor and £500 to donate to a library of your choice.
- University Challenge Star and the UK’s best-known Maths teacher, Bobby Seagull, becomes a CILIP Library Champion with the launch of his 10-point Manifesto for Libraries.
- On Monday 7th October Simon & Schuster Children’s UK launch ‘LOVE YOUR LIBRARY’ – a campaign in partnership with Peters featuring an exhibition of original artwork from 12 S&S illustrators at the Victoria and Albert museum in the National Art Library.
- Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 8th October with the team behind Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls for a chance to win the inspiring new book Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code based on the life of the British technology pioneer and an exclusive goodie bag.
- Award-wining poet, picture book author and libraries advocate Joseph Coelho will be continuing his library-joining marathon in London with the hopes of joining every library authority in London by the end of Libraries Week 2019.
- Building on a fantastically successful pilot, the BBC will be bringing BBC Virtual Reality to more libraries across the country from Aberdeenshire to Devon. This season features some interactive VR for library visitors to enjoy.
- On Saturday 12th October, all 325 public libraries in London will be taking part in the World of Possibilities Festival with late-night openings, film screenings and interactive digital storytelling sessions.
- Join in the #LibrariesWeek conversation and sign up as a library supporter at www.librariesdeliver.uk.
This October, communities and librarians across the country are taking part in a weeklong celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries. Libraries Week takes place between the 7h and 12th October and this year focuses on how libraries are using digital technology to engage, inspire and delight their audiences.
This Libraries Week we will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise.
Libraries Week is organised by CILIP, the UK’s library and information association. Nick Poole, Chief Executive said:
“Libraries everywhere have transformed their offer for a digital age. From robots to 3D printers, virtual reality to gaming, libraries are the perfect place to get creative, get connected and learn new skills.
This year, I am particularly excited to be launching our LEGO Library of the Future competition with our Library Champion Bobby Seagull. We are looking forward to seeing the imaginative ideas people have for their libraries!
We are also encouraging everyone who supports their library to go online, register their support and make a donation at www.librariesdeliver.uk.”
This year, Libraries Week is sponsored by Nielsen Book and Rakuten Overdrive. Nielsen Book has been at the heart of the book industry for more than 100 years, working with libraries around the world as a global provider of search, discovery, commerce and research services. Nielsen Book are supporting Libraries Week for the second year running alongside Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from the library. Rakuten OverDrive is dedicated to creating “a world enlightened by reading” by making it as easy as possible for library users and staff to experience the benefits of digital reading including ebooks, audiobooks and video streaming.
This Libraries Week OverDrive, creator of the national digital book club Together We Read UK, is supporting Libraries Unlimited (Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries) and other library authorities around the country who are hosting special digital book clubs. The book clubs will be harnessing the power of digital to connect readers to Matt Haig’s, best-selling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, through the award-winning Libby app.
Libraries Week Day-by-Day
Libraries Week begins with Simon & Schuster Children’s UK launching their fantastic collection of original artwork created by S&S illustrators with the theme ‘LOVE YOUR LIBRARY’ in a pop-up exhibition at the V&A Museum in London on Monday 7th October. The publisher, working in partnership with Peters and the Great School Libraries campaign, will display 12 pieces of artwork from their picture book illustrators inspired by their love for libraries. The exhibition will later go on tour across libraries in the UK.
The Reading Agency launch their Libraries Week inspired booklist on all things digital, including fiction and non-fiction titles that explore how we use technology. The list can be found on The Reading Agency’s website.
Monday 7th October is the final day to enter CILIP’s LEGO Library of the Future competition for a chance to win tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor and £500 to donate to a library of the winner’s choosing. CILIP wants to know what is innovative, unique or special about each library of the future. On Friday 11th October, University Challenge star and the UK’s best-known maths teacher, Bobby Seagull, will announce the winner of CILIP’s LEGO Library of the Future competition.
Bobby Seagull lends his support to libraries as a new CILIP Library Champion. Libraries Week will see the launch of Bobby’s 10-point Manifesto for Libraries calling on Ministers, Members of Parliament and representatives in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take up the opportunity to transform lives across the UK by investing in the future of our libraries.
Bobby commented: “From my own experience as a child, an adult and now as a teacher, I know how trained librarians can help children to expand their horizons, discover new ideas and build their skills. This is vitally important as we look to prepare the next generation to live and work in a knowledge-based digital economy.”
On Tuesday 8th October, Libraries Week will be celebrating Ada Lovelace Day, and women and girls in STEM, with special events taking place in libraries across the UK. Leeds libraries are collaborating with Sky and Empowering Women with Tech to run special Ada Lovelace events to demystify Science and Tech and encourage women and girls to get inspired by STEM. The team behind Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls will be sharing downloadable coding activities from their inspiring new chapter book, Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code, based on the life of the British technology pioneer, as well as running a Twitter competition to win 10 Rebel Girls goodie bags featuring the new book and a motivational journal.
The BBC will be bringing more Pop-Up Virtual Reality experiences to libraries across the country. This season will focus on ‘Make Noise’ - an interactive virtual reality experience in which users hum, sing and shout along with Nikki Amuka-Bird. With their friends, family or other library visitors, participants can use the power of their voices to smash through the barriers faced by the Suffragettes. Using original archive of Suffragettes users can immerse themselves in the dramatic story of how a few women started one of the most important movements in history.
On Wednesday 9th October, AH Proctor, who has just published the fourth book in the popular Thumble Tumble adventure series, will be leading an exclusive free event at the Mitchell Library in Scotland that explores how libraries can help to keep children and young people safe in a digital world. This follows the acclaimed children’s author’s recent call for everyone responsible for protecting children and young people to embrace the digital world. She commented:
“Our children are embracing the digital world, whether we like it or not, and they don’t feel that they can talk to us about it. We must embrace digital technology and increase our understanding of the digital world so that it is safer for our children and young people. Libraries are at the heart of our community and perfectly placed to play a vital role in helping us achieve this.”
On Thursday and Friday of Libraries Week, poet, author and library advocate, Joseph Coelho will be continuing his library-joining marathon with the hopes of joining every library authority in London by the end of Libraries Week 2019. Joseph began his Library Marathon in May this year and has so far signed up to 100 libraries across the UK in the hopes of showing the world just how incredible these spaces are and encouraging others to join their library.
More than 15,000 children across Leicester are taking part, for the second year running, in a citywide Readathon that runs across Libraries Week. Organised by the children's charity, Read for Good in partnership with the Leicester-based literacy initiative, 'Whatever it Takes', some 40 schools are uniting across the city cheered on by authors and illustrators, including BBC Radio 1's Greg James and Chris Smith, who are taking part in a special event for school pupils on Wednesday 9th October. The two-week Readathon culminates in a citywide Drop Everything and Read (#DEARLeicester) at 2pm on Friday 11th October with the city libraries and councillors joining in.
Applications also open during Libraries Week for the charity’s new programme, Read for Good’s Brilliant Box of Books. Since 2010, in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs, the Gloucestershire-based charity has given almost £1 million worth of book vouchers to schools. This grant is aimed at schools in need of reading books for fun and includes annual membership of the School Library Association.
And to round off the week of celebrations, London Libraries will be hosting the third ‘Worlds of Possibilities - The London Libraries Festival’, on Saturday 12th October. All of London’s 325 public libraries are participating and a number will be delivering an expanded day of events and activities to cater for all ages and interests, including ‘library lates’, film screenings, music events, coding clubs and a wide range of digital sessions.
Join in the #LibrariesWeek conversation and sign up as a library supporter at www.librariesdeliver.uk.
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