Get down to your local library this National Libraries Day

Merton’s award-winning libraries are looking forward to a day of celebration and giving the community a taster of the range of services they offer on National Libraries Day, Saturday 8 February.

To mark National Libraries Day, and to help celebrate the role of libraries within the community, Merton Libraries are holding a range of open days and event taster sessions all week. With sessions to suit everyone, new and existing library users will have the opportunity to get involved in the range of activities that libraries hold free of charge on a weekly basis.

Morden, Donald Hope and Raynes Park libraries are kicking off the celebrations on Saturday 8 February with a range of children’s events taking place all day. Morden Library will also be running IT support, knitting and wellbeing sessions from 11am-3pm on the day to give people a taster of some of their regular events. Pollards Hill will be marking the national day of celebration later in the week with an open day on Tuesday 11 February. There will be relaxation and wellbeing classes starting at 10.30am, followed by IT classes for beginners and IT and eReader support sessions starting at 9.30am and running throughout the day.

National Libraries Day is celebrated across the UK annually as an occasion to celebrate libraries and librarians, and highlight the importance of reading.

Merton Council’s member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “National Libraries Day is a great reason for all of us to go out and celebrate our libraries – and, if you’re not a member yet, to sign up! It’s a good day to remember that we haven’t just kept our libraries open in these difficult times, we’ve extended their hours, and they’re considered to be among the best in London. That all happens through the help of excellent volunteers, committed staff, new technology and events to suit everyone, not just on special days but week in week out.  Your libraries are amazing – go out on Saturday and see for yourself!”

To find out more about the events taking place at each library, visit www.merton.gov.uk/libraries.