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Celebrate National Libraries day in Herefordshire

If you love books and reading then why not celebrate National Libraries Day on 4 February with a visit to your nearest one.  For the whole of February, Herefordshire Council’s library service is offering a voucher for a free rental of an audio book, a DVD or a game if you introduce a new member of your family or a friend to the library, and what’s more they will get a voucher too.  

The official launch of the refurbished Ross and Leintwardine libraries will also take place on this special day.

At Ross Library and Customer Service Centre friends and supporters of the new centre are invited to join popular local authors Phil Rickman, Rebecca Tope, Caro Peacock, Quentin Letts and Jon and Heather Hurley in celebrating the official opening of the refurbished centre.  Work from Herefordshire’s Young Poet Laureates will be on display and Bookstart bear will be at a special storytime for under 5s at 2pm. The celebrations kick off from 11.30am with the official opening at noon and all friends and supporters are welcome.

Hereford Library will mark National Libraries Day with visits by poets Roz Goddard, Adam Horowitz and writer Tiffany Murray.

Roz Goddard, former Birmingham Poet Laureate and new co-ordinator of the West Midlands Readers’ Network, will begin proceedings at 11.30am with some of her poetry and she will then introduce local author Tiffany Murray. Tiffany Murray is the author of Happy Accidents and Diamond Star Halo and a well loved author at the Hay Festival. Tiffany spent much of her childhood at Hereford library reading avidly. In the afternoon from 2pm the poet Adam Horovitz who spent some of his childhood in the county, will be talking about his love for libraries and will perform some of his poignant and beautiful poetry.

Leominster Library will be launching its new Friends of Leominster library group on Thursday 26 January with the authors Caro Peacock and Rebecca Tope. 

All the libraries will have special National Libraries Day postcards asking people to say what they love about their library.

Councillor Roger Phillips, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for enterprise and culture, said: “In Herefordshire, we are fully committed to keeping all of our libraries open and sustainable into the future.

“The fact we are able to celebrate this special day with visits by so many well-known writers shows how much importance we place on the library service and its importance in enriching the lives of residents,” he added.

To find out more go to www.herefordshire.gov.uk/libraries