National Libraries Day is an annual event – now in its fifth year – and will take place this year on Saturday 6 February.
To mark the event East Riding Libraries will be giving away a spot prize on the day, at a random time, in every library branch.
The role of libraries has evolved over the years. Today’s library service has five key areas of focus: reading, health, digital, information, and learning. Books are just the beginning of the story.
East Riding Libraries offer reading, writing, and social groups; all have proven positive benefits for health and wellbeing.
Amongst a variety of reference resources, such as free access to Ancestry Library Edition, over 50 popular e-magazines are available to download for free directly to your device, from the comfort of your own home, using your library card and online pin number.
Libraries also offer support for those living with dementia, both carers and patients, including ‘Reminiscence’ sessions, Digital Reminiscence Units, and the medically endorsed reading list, ‘Reading Well: Books on Prescription: Dementia’.
Nick Poole, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, said:
“Public libraries provide everyone with opportunities for learning and inspiration. They help people find work and set up their own business.
“Libraries are places where children and young people discover the joys of reading learn new skills like coding and get help with their homework.
“They tackle social exclusion and isolation. They improve health and wellbeing and help people get online. Everyone is welcome and the space belongs to the public, which is increasingly rare in our communities.”
East Riding Library Service loaned over 1.3 million items to customers last year.
Councillor Richard Burton, the council’s portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said:
“With thousands of books, health information, digital resources, and learning opportunities, there are plenty of good reasons to celebrate your local library on Saturday 6 February.”
Visit the website www.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/libraries to find your local library, the services it provides and the events being held there every week.
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