Book a spot at the library

St Helens Central Library at the Gamble Building
St Helens Central Library at the Gamble Building

BOOKWORMS will be flocking to Central Library as part of a week-long programme of activities around National Libraries Day.

St Helens Council is organising a huge range of events inspired by the love of the written word as well as highlighting the importance of libraries and giving people access to books.

The I love Books Week starts on Saturday February 6, which is National Libraries Day, and continues with school visits, quizzes and a special screening of classic ‘80s film The Goonies.

St Helens is marking the national celebration of libraries with artefacts from the local history library going on display for the first time in 100 years, craft activities and books discussion with the junior reading group, a Doctor Who-themed session recommending reads for residents and a quiz.

Central Library will host children’s activities throughout the week before concluding the celebrations on Saturday February 13 with an alternative Valentine’s Day event organised by young adults from the Reading Hack group.

The group has chosen 1985 hit film The Goonies and arranged a 3pm screening in partnership with A Small Cinema. Tickets are £2 but as the film has a 12 certificate younger movie fans will require proof of ID.

Residents can also get involved online by uploading selfies of them holding their favourite titles to the library’s Twitter feed @STHLibraries or posting about their favourite page-turners on the I Love Books wall display in the library.

The week-long event is also designed to highlight the vital services provided by libraries, from story-time sessions for youngsters to digital skills courses for adults, as well as giving free access to countless books.

British people made more than 280 million visits to libraries in 2013-14, making a trip there one of the UK’s most popular activities. More than half of the population has a library card and there are more than 10 million active book borrowers nationwide.

To find out more about I Love Books Week, ring the Central Library on 01744 676954 or email amandabrown@sthelens.gov.uk