It’s a novel experience

Merton Library and Heritage Service is urging residents to pick up a book this summer as it is taking part in a London-wide promotion, London’s Libraries Recommend.

Librarians from across the Capital have combined their wealth and enthusiasm for books to launch their selection of 50 favourite titles for Londoners to try – everything from thrillers and mysteries, to comedy and romance.

As well as viewing the displays and taking advantage of recommendations at their local Merton library, residents are also invited to suggest their own choices. They can do this by adding them to book displays in libraries, or by posting suggestions on the website http://www.londonlibraries.org.uk. For those that don’t own a computer, the Library and Heritage Service has 114 spread across their libraries for you to use free of charge!

The promotion is being co-ordinated across the capital by the London Libraries Development Agency and is sponsored by the Arts Council England London and Archives Libraries and Museums London (ALM).

Councillor Mickey Spacey, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and Community Engagement, said: “The campaign will introduce residents to the personal favourites of their librarians, not just the bestsellers of the moment, as there are some less well-known modern classics on the list.

“It’s good to have the views of residents too, so I hope that many will come in to the libraries to take part this summer.”

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Press contact:
Hattie Blok
London Borough of Merton
0208 545 4654
http://www.merton.gov.uk

Note to editors:
· There are 395 public libraries in London
· 50 million visits are made to London’s public libraries each year
· Visits to London’s libraries increased by 1.8 million last year
· London’s public libraries are open for over 15,000 hours every week
· There are around 4000 PCs in London’s public libraries offering over 6 million hours of Internet access, most of it free.
· London’s public libraries lend 42 million books a year