Merton celebrates World Book Day with poetry and prizes

Merton libraries will celebrate World Book Day (WBD) on Thursday 1 March with a programme of activities in each library, including a modern poetry event and children’s activities.

Two highlights include the Dodo Modern Poets’ event at Morden Library, with three local poets performing, as well as an open microphone section for the audience to join in. The children’s event at Pollards Hill Library will see young Merton residents enjoying dressing up as their favourite literary character, and making story boards and puppets to act out their own stories.

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: ‘We look forward to welcoming all our residents to enjoy this community day of World Book Day by celebrating authors, illustrators, and books.

“Our libraries have so much to offer and we are very proud that none of them have closed recently, despite the current tough economic times.

“This campaign is about encouraging and promoting library use, and I hope this celebration of books will see everyone getting involved with all our libraries have to offer – not just reading, but poetry, joining in and getting creative.”

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For more information on Merton libraries, please visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/libraries

WBD is a worldwide celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading, and is the biggest celebration of its kind, designed by UNESCO to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. For more information, please visit: http://www.worldbookday.com

The Dodo Modern Poets’ event will take place at Morden Library on Thursday 1 March at 12.30pm. The local poets taking part will be Sue Johns, a Mitcham-based Cornish poet, Ardella Jones from Colliers Wood, and Patric Cunnane from SW19.

For more information on City Read London, the London Libraries’ initiative delivering free and innovative events to engage young people with literature and the history of their city, please visit: http://www.cityreadlondon.org.uk

Merton’s seven libraries are celebrating a different theme each month of the campaign: ‘Opening doors, Opening books, Opening minds’ which aims to raise awareness and encourage use of Merton libraries. March will focus on ‘Opening books’ linking to WBD and the Six Book Challenge, while April’s theme will be ‘Opening minds’, promoting City Read London activities, adult education courses, volunteering opportunities, heritage services and more.

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Nina Romain
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654