COMMUNITY libraries across the island are getting together to celebrate this year’s National Libraries Day.
Special events and promotions start from Monday, leading up to the day itself, Saturday (February 9).
Onchan Library, in Main Road, Onchan, is one of a number of libraries taking part.
Librarian Pam Hand explained: ‘It’s not just a celebration of what libraries can do, but an important reminder of the vital services they provide at the very heart of our small local communities.
‘These libraries give everyone access to books, not just for pleasure but for learning too. Through working with their different communities, libraries can provide a service perfectly tailored to suit their individual needs.
‘As well as recommending great books and connecting you with the internet, local information and events, libraries offer a choice of extras too – storytelling, activities, book groups and more.’
Onchan Library is inviting people to drop in to find out more about its recently launched audio download service – which enables members to choose from 950 unabridged audio books and download them for free from the comfort of your home or using the library’s wi-fi hotspot.
There will be a display on ‘The Onchan Story’, books to give away and children are invited to dress up as a superhero for activities based on the theme of Captain Underpants.
In fact, many of the libraries taking part have activities based on the children’s series by American author and illustrator, Dav Pilkey.
At Castletown Library, there will be Captain Underpants activities for children, and books and book bags to give away.
The Family Library, in Douglas, will be asking everyone to contribute to its favourite book wall and all suggestions will go into a prize draw. There will also be ‘Reading Gives You Superpowers’ Captain Underpants activities and crafts sessions throughout the day.
Ramsey Library is holding a ‘monster book sale’ and there will be Captain Underpants goodies.
Meanwhile, at the Ward Library, in Castle Street, Peel, there will be a display of information from a range of local organisations, clubs and charities, from Monday.
Visitors may find something they are interested in joining or volunteer to help, or a club or hobby they were not aware had a branch in Peel.
There will also be a book amnesty so there’s no need to be embarrassed about returning overdue books, and a book sale.
A lucky dip draw will be held after the event, with the chance to win free membership to the library for the year.
The George Herdman Library, in Port Erin, is offering free children’s membership on the day as well as a fines amnesty. There will also be free goodies.
Contact the participating libraries for more information.