Books prove a big draw

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People got stuck into books when dozens of mobile libraries descended on County Hall – from as far away as Northern Ireland.

With awards for the best turned out and most hi-tech, it was an exciting day for the visitors to the annual Mobile Library Meet, with visiting delegates treated to a packed day of workshops and speeches.

Derbyshire County Council’s poet laureate Ann Atkinson and reading champion Berlie Doherty were joined by special guests including Tony Durcan, head of culture at Newcastle City Council, who gave the opening address.

Sue Daniel and David Frederickson of the Cotton Grass Theatre company read passages from The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, on the Derbyshire County Council mobile library bus, while David Manclark and Richard Hillier, of the Quaker Homeless Action mobile library, which lends books to people who have no physical address, were processing some of their new titles.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – holds a mobile library conference every year at different venues. Last time it was in Derbyshire was around 12 years ago.