Libraries across Stockton Borough are getting ready for a week of exciting events in the run up to National Libraries Day 2012.
From Monday 30 January to Sunday 5 February there is something to tempt people of all ages to visit their local library and celebrate a love of reading.
Come along to Stockton Central Library on Monday 30 January to find one of 40 golden tickets hidden in a library book or visit the beautiful Jane Austen display. Children can go on a story hunt to win a prize. At Thornaby Library on Westbury Street residents are invited to come along, share their views and piece together a display of what makes the library part of their community.
The Gruffalo comes to Thornaby Library on Westbury Street on Tuesday 31 January, 1.30-3pm. Suitable for babies and toddlers under 36 months. At 2.15pm librarian Ivan Limon will give a talk at Roseberry Library about some of the unusual things library users have requested.
Wednesday 1 February will see an internet taster session for silver surfers in Stockton Central Library from 10-11.30am. Visit the newly refurbished computer suite to discover the wonders of the internet. Visitors to Norton Library at 3pm can listen to an illustrated talk about Victorian entrepreneur Lord Armstrong.
Get crafty at Thornaby Library, Westbury Street on Thursday 2 February, 2-3pm. Head along to make a bookplate to celebrate National Libraries Day. Suitable for adults and children over five.
Friday 3 February will see an all day library treasure hunt at Thornaby Library, Westbury Street, a 'we love libraries' parent and toddler session at Norton Library at 10am and an illustrated talk at Roseberry Library to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Come and hear all about the famous disaster at 2.30pm.
The week of events will culminate when Peter Robinson, creator of the multi award winning DCI Banks novels, will hold a book talk and signing event at Stockton Central Library on Saturday, 4 February - National Libraries Day. So popular is this event that all tickets have already been sold.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Come along and join in with the week of free events designed to celebrate the part libraries play in communities as well as highlighting the importance of reading.
"If you have not been into your local library for a while this is a good week to make a return, become a member for free and see how much is on offer. As well as the fabulous collection of books there are IT facilities, a wide range of events and much, much more."
To find out more about events being held across the Borough to mark National Libraries Day pop into your local branch or visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events/NLD