Libraries Week launches online on October 5th, exploring the innovative and surprising things that libraries are doing to support their communities. The annual showcase of the best that libraries have to offer, will be celebrated at Crewkerne Library on Wednesday October 7th with an online family story time and sing-along at 10.30 am, which families can join through Somerset Libraries Crewkerne. Crewkerne Library is also inviting local children to make leaves for its Autumn display in the children’s library section.

Browsing of books is being permitted again from Monday, with a limited number of people allowed in to the library at any one time, to comply with the UK Government’s Covid regulations. Photos of the hand-made leaves will be posted on the library’s Facebook page, so that everyone can enjoy seeing the creative designs. A spokesperson for Crewkerne Library said: “We are busy planning our Autumn display board and need your help, to make us an autumn leaf or two, out of whatever you can find and drop off to the library.”

Libraries play a vital role in the UK’s book culture and despite the earlier restrictions, continued to promote the joys of reading with online events and more recently a ‘Click and Collect’ service. A panel of popular authors, including Carnegie Medal winners Anthony McGowan and Beverley Naidoo, Bali Rai, Jasbinder Bilan, Savita Kalhan, Philip Ardagh and poet Paul Cookson along with Annie Everall OBE, Director Authors Aloud UK and Chair of the School Libraries Group, Caroline Roche will “kick off Libraries Week celebrations” with a virtual launch event on Monday evening – sharing stories about the libraries and books, that have shaped their world! For more information on Libraries Week, please visit www.librariesweek.org.uk

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