Southampton celebrates Libraries Week

Annual celebration of libraries runs 5-10 October

Libraries Week 2020

Libraries Week is 5-10 October - an annual celebration of libraries, emphasising the invaluable role they play in bringing reading, information, learning and computer access to the community. We look forward to welcoming people to join our virtual activities on our Libraries Facebook page to celebrate Libraries Week.

Libraries Week is an annual showcase and celebration of the best that libraries have to offer and it is particularly poignant this year given the important role libraries have played in supporting people throughout the pandemic, even whilst closed. Southampton libraries have been supporting our communities since April with befriending calls, library home book deliveries, Select and Collect and online activities.

Many of the virtual and remote support for the community is still available, even though the majority of our libraries are now open for book borrowing, bookable PCs and study space. For the latest information about the reopening of libraries in the City, please visit our libraries pages.

Libraries Week is unique this year in that most of the activities can be accessed virtually. We encourage you to get involved in the following online events, which can be accessed on our Libraries Facebook page (@SouthamptonCityLibraries) next week:

  • Children’s Story time – Mondays and Thursdays
  • Children’s Rhyme time – Tuesdays and Fridays

If your children are missing story time or rhyme time, don’t worry! Join the libraries team on Facebook and see some familiar faces from your local library reading much loved stories, and join in as they sing your favourite rhymes.

There will also be a craft activity pack related to the story to pick up on a first come first served basis from the following libraries: Central, Shirley, Portswood, Bitterne, Woolston and Lordshill. The craft will also be featured on Libraries Facebook page.

Interview with bestselling author Ayisha Malik – Friday 9 October, 6.30pm

Ayisha Malik will be in conversation with library staff and discussing her book This Green and Pleasant Land.

Library Quiz – Wednesday 7 October

How much do you know about your library service? Take the library quiz on Wednesday to find out!

Local History Collection – Thursday 8 October

This Libraries Week discover more about the services on offer. At central library there is an extensive local history collection in a beautiful self-contained room. Keep your eyes peeled for photographs on the Facebook page.

Discover Borrowbox – Thursday 8 October, 6pm

Borrowbox is the free eBooks and eAudiobooks service you can use from the comfort of your own home. All you need is the Borrowbox App and your library card and PIN. Discover more about Borrowbox.

Get involved - Photographs of your Book shelves at home – Wednesday 7 October, 6pm

Everyone is encouraged to share photographs of their bookshelves at home. Look out for more information on Wednesday.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, said:

“Libraries Week is a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the invaluable role our local libraries play within our city. Libraries are so much more than books and bricks, but community hubs that bring people together and offer support. During this pandemic our library offer has had to change but I am so pleased that people are still reading, enjoying virtual events such as children’s rhyme-time and using us as an important source of information, learning and access to IT. A big thank you to our amazing library staff and volunteers who ooze passion in their work within our communities. Together let’s keep our libraries thriving.”

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For the latest information about the reopening of libraries in the City, please visit our libraries pages.

For more information about Libraries Week activities or for general enquiries call us on 023 8083 3007.