Celebrate National Library Day in Derbyshire

Make a date in your diary to help celebrate National Libraries Day in Derbyshire and you could be in with the chance of winning a prize.

This Saturday is National Libraries Day and anyone who borrows a book from one of Derbyshire County Council’s libraries will be entered into a free draw to win book tokens worth £50.

Forty-two of the county council’s 45 libraries are open every Saturday and they will be welcoming everybody on the day. Many libraries also open late during the week and all have computers with free access to the internet.

As well as stocking a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, modern works and the classics, the authority’s libraries also have reference works and information services. Some rent out DVDs.

So, even if you haven’t popped into one for a while, why not help celebrate National Libraries Day in Derbyshire and see how things have changed.

Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “Libraries are changing and I hope people will use National Libraries Day to see what we have to offer, particularly if you have not popped in for a while. You might be surprised.

“We have 45 libraries and 11 mobile libraries which stock a wide range of books and reference titles, many also have DVDs.

“There are all sorts of events going happening every week, from storytimes for children to talks by popular authors, poetry events and even music.”

As well as the free prize draw, the authority has also organised other celebrations around the national event:

* Your book review in print. Borrow a book between now and Tuesday, February 14 from any Derbyshire library and write in no more than 150 words what it is you like about it. Hand your review into your local library and be entered into a free draw. The best two reviews will get a £25 book token each with the winning entries appearing in the Derby Telegraph. To find your local library go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries.

* Help write a poem to celebrate Derbyshire Libraries. In one sentence describe what your library means to you. Your ideas will be passed to Derbyshire poet laureate Matt Black who will use the ideas to create a poem in celebration of Derbyshire libraries.

Copies of the final poem will be displayed in libraries throughout Derbyshire. The poem will be premiered at Laureates Live at Chesterfield Library on Wednesday, March 14 at 7.30pm. This event will bring together the four Derbyshire poets laureate - Ann Atkinson, Matt Black, Cathy Grindrod and River Wolton – who will be sharing a selection of poems inspired by Chesterfield and Derbyshire. Entry forms are available from any Derbyshire library. Closing date is February 14.

All Derbyshire County Council libraries have computers with free access to the internet and 12 have free wifi.

Councillor Lewer added: “If you can’t make it to your nearest library on Saturday, you can access our online catalogue, featuring more than a million items, from your own home computer.

“You can also check out our reliable online resources including Encyclopaedia Britannica or borrow an ebook by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries “