Readers and Reading
WARWICKSHIRE LIBRARIES ENCOURAGE LOCALS TO SHARE THE WORD
At libraries across Warwickshire, locals are being encouraged to 'Share the Word' as part of the county's six-month long book festival. People of all ages are being invited to take part in a number of county wide activities and events designed to encourage families to use libraries and to celebrate reading and writing.
With eighteen libraries across the region, everyone is within easy reach of a local branch and a range of different events. For children and families, they can join in at a 'Book Magic' story session, which are being held every Sunday in the three biggest libraries – Nuneaton, Leamington Spa and Rugby. These sessions are run by staff with special guest sessions featuring popular authors and storytellers, including local talent Sally Tonge who entertains the crowds with silly stories and songs.
Many big author events are planned between January and March 2013. These include names such as crime writer John Harvey, performance poet, Elvis Magonagall, children's authors Jeremy Strong and Steve Cole, and popular novelists Rebecca Shaw and Elizabeth Noble, to mention but a few.
As well as events for families, there are activities aimed at adults and those who are interested in reading and sharing thoughts on books with others. A number of reading groups have proved popular across the different libraries, and these have been made even more engaging with regular talks from published authors such as Erin Kelly and Penny Freedman.
For budding adult and teenage writers, a selection of the libraries are hosting new writing groups. Here they can meet like-minded people, share ideas, brainstorm and get help and advice on accomplishing their dreams of becoming an author.
Talking about Share the Word, Andrew Button from Warwickshire Libraries said: "We really want to encourage everyone of all ages from across the Warwickshire to use our libraries. As well as our vast range of books, people can also borrow CDs, DVDs, use computers, get advice and help on a range of topics, and meet friends at their local library.
"Share the Word is all about showing people that libraries can be fun and become part of their social activities – from listening to aspiring and published authors, sharing their writing skills, or spending time with their families in story and activity sessions, there is something for everyone." Share the Word began in October 2012 and will be running until March 2013. For more information and to find out about events in your local area, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/sharetheword or visit your local library where you can speak to staff and pick up a leaflet.