Merton libraries celebrate National Libraries Day

Merton’s award winning libraries will once again be celebrating National Libraries Day, on Saturday 6 February, by offering the community a variety of taster sessions to suit all ages.

In celebration of libraries around the borough, newcomers and existing library members are encouraged to get involved in a range of activities that showcase the diverse range of services provided. Merton’s libraries have some of the highest satisfaction and usage levels of any service in London and its extended opening hours and free Wi-Fi mean that there is something for everybody.

Morden, West Barnes, Mitcham and Raynes Park libraries will be starting off the day with a range of children activities.  Free balloons will be given to children who take out five books or more.  Wimbledon Library will be offering IT support sessions throughout the day, whilst Colliers Wood Library will be offering Spanish lessons for beginners. Pollards Hill Library will be holding a general knowledge quiz for adults during the afternoon with refreshments also being provided.

National Libraries Day is an annual national campaign that takes place across the UK to recognise the importance of libraries in igniting a love for books, reading and giving communities around the UK access to a wealth of information. Kathy Settle, the Chief Executive of the Libraries Taskforce, will be visiting her local library in Wimbledon on National Libraries Day.

Merton Council’s member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “All our libraries around the borough are taking part in the National Libraries Day celebrations, which is one of the ways our brilliant staff and volunteers involve the people of Merton in their work and show them just how good our libraries are. We achieve the highest levels per head of population usage of all London Borough’s and to me it’s obvious why. These activities are not just a one day thing, they’re part of what goes on week in week out; and I want everyone in Merton to enjoy them to the fullest.  It’s tremendous to know that we’ve been singled out for a special visit by Kathy Settles and her team, and I’m sure she’ll enjoy her visit.

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