Bookworms ready for library events

BOROUGH VISIT ... Melvin Burgess at Jarrow School.

BOROUGH VISIT ... Melvin Burgess at Jarrow School.

BOOKWORMS are ready to show stacks of interest in a day to celebrate libraries.

Central Library, South Shields, is hosting events for National Libraries Day.

Activities for the whole family, with themes of music and nature, a film show, and forensic workshops will take place on Saturday.

National Libraries Day is held every year as a way for people to celebrate what is great about their local libraries. Book lenders, social groups and people who use the library for a variety of reasons are expected to get involved.

In the build-up to the day, events including a visit to Jarrow School by Melvin Burgess, author of young adult fiction, have taken place.

Melvin was accompanied by Coun Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure for South Tyneside.

“Events like National Libraries Day are an important way for people to recognise and celebrate just how vital libraries are to the local community,” said Coun Kerr.

“It’s refreshing to see big-name authors like Melvin Burgess taking time out of their schedules to meet young people from local schools to get them enthused about reading and writing books.”

A Read Regional event will also take place on Wednesday. People will be able to meet authors Rebecca Muddiman and Susan Elliot-Wright at the Central Library in Prince Georg Square, South Shields, between 6pm and 8pm. Tickets cost £1.

Central Library will open between 10am until 4pm on National Libraries Day, instead of the usual noon to 4pm.

Other libraries in the borough, including Cleadon Park, Jarrow, Hebburn and East Boldon will be open during the usual Saturday hours to mark the event.

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