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30 September 2019

Libraries Week 2019: celebrating 100 years of Wiltshire libraries

Wiltshire Council libraries are holding a week of activities and events during 7-12 October to celebrate both national Libraries Week and the centenary of the library service in Wiltshire.

Libraries Week is a celebration of the nation's libraries, with the focus in 2019 on digital services. In Wiltshire, we will be showcasing our various e-resources and services, and also looking back to celebrate all that libraries offer as part of the centenary.

On 1 August 1919, Wiltshire became one of the first counties to have a public library service. Initially the service consisted of circulating ex-army ammunition boxes of books to distribution centres (mostly local schools). They were supplied from a central headquarters in Trowbridge and changed two or three times a year.

Lots has changed in the last 100 years, and as part of the centenary celebrations, libraries around the county will host special displays with photographs and information. Larger libraries will also be running a historic library photo quiz where customers have to guess the library from the old photograph and clues. There will be a prize draw for all correct entries, with the winner receiving a copy of Deepest Wiltshire: the people, the places and the roots of a unique community, kindly donated by the authors Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir.

To highlight Wiltshire libraries' digital services, in the run up to Libraries Week, there will be a Big Wiltshire eRead, when libraries will encourage everyone to read the eBook The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Then, during Libraries Week there will be special reading group sessions to discuss the book in Bradford on Avon, Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham, Trowbridge and Salisbury. The eBook can be downloaded for free using the free App; see eBooks for more information. 

For children and young people under 16, libraries will be running a Libraries of the Future art competition. They will be encouraged to recreate their own vision of a library in the future using a medium of their choice. This competition will run from Libraries Week until 31 October and will be judged in three age categories: 0-6s, 7-10s and 11-15s.

The Library Bingo Challenge will see 24 fun challenges set out on a bingo style sheet promoting a range of library services, including challenges such as check out an eMagazine; visit a Wiltshire library you've not visited before; or take a selfie in the library and post on social media.

Anyone joining a Wiltshire library during this week will be automatically entered into a prize draw, and one newly joined child member and one adult member selected at random will win a prize.

Finally, we will be asking customers to tell us what they love about their library in less than 100 words and also inviting comments on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag #WiltsLibraries100.

Cllr Allison Bucknell, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: "We have a wonderful programme of activities during Libraries Week that we hope will bring the community together.

"We're delighted to celebrate 100 years of the much-loved library service in Wiltshire, and it's also great that we can look ahead during Libraries Week and showcase the ways we can support people to learn new digital skills, get connected, get creative and enjoy our range of digital services. Everyone is welcome and the library is free to join."

To find out more, follow @WiltsLibraries on Twitter, or find larger libraries on Facebook.

Calendar of activities throughout the week

  • Salisbury library, 2.30pm-4pm: Techy Tea Party (teas, cakes and help with your tablet or mobile phone), as part of Silver Salisbury Programme.
  • Royal Wootton Bassett library, 2.30pm-3.30pm: British Newspaper Archive session.
  • Warminster library, 5pm-7pm: Techy Tea Party.
  • Bradford on Avon library, 10am-7pm: Book an hour in a cosy reading room. For £5, you’ll be provided with books, a hot drink, cake and the chance to put your feet up in peace and quiet.
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  • Salisbury library, 2.30pm and 4pm: Joy of Listening and Sharing event with a selection of prose, short stories and poems, plus tea and cake.
  • Devizes library,30pm: The Big Wiltshire eRead reading group session to discuss the eBook of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared. Book your free place if you would like to take part.
  • Trowbridge library, 2:15pm-3:30pm: The Big Wiltshire eRead reading group session.
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  • Trowbridge library, 2.30pm: tour of the Local Studies Collection at Trowbridge Library with County Local Studies Librarian Julie Davis.
  • Corsham library, 10am-10.45am: Libraries Week themed rhyme time and story session.
  • Bradford on Avon library, 9.30am-5pm: Book an hour in a cosy reading room. For £5, you’ll be provided with books, a hot drink, cake and the chance to put your feet up in peace and quiet.
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  • Royal Wootton Bassett library: tea and Talk, a drop in session celebrating 10th anniversary of World Mental Health day. Open to all for a cup of tea and a chat.
  • Calne library, 2.30pm: British Newspaper Archive session.
  • Bradford on Avon library, 5.30pm-6.30pm: The Big Wiltshire eRead reading group session to discuss the eBook of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.
  • Bradford on Avon library, 9.30am-7pm: Book an hour in a cosy reading room. For £5, you’ll be provided with books, a hot drink, cake and the chance to put your feet up in peace and quiet.
  • Melksham library, 5.15pm-6.30pm: The Big Wiltshire eRead reading group session.
  • Trowbridge library: The Big Wiltshire eRead reading group session.
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  • Devizes library, 2.30pm: British Newspaper Archive session.
  • Bradford on Avon library, 9.30am-5pm: Book an hour in a cosy reading room. For £5, you’ll be provided with books, a hot drink, cake and the chance to put your feet up in peace and quiet.
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  • Bradford on Avon library, 9.30am-5pm: Book an hour in a cosy reading room. For £5, you’ll be provided with books, a hot drink, cake and the chance to put your feet up in peace and quiet.
  • Trowbridge library, 11:00am-11:30am: Libraries of the future storytime.
  • Corsham library, 10.30am-midday: Libraries of the Future: Junk model libraries craft activity for 4+ year-olds.
  • Chippenham library, 11am: Love your library! Children’s storytime and art activity (for 4-11-year-olds).
  • Corsham library, 2.30pm-3.30pm: Special Libraries Week reading group session. All Corsham reading groups have been invited and asked to share their favourite book.
  • Devizes library,30am-11.30am: Love your library! Children’s storytime and art activity (for 4-11-year-olds).
  • Royal Wootton Bassett library, 10.30am: Once Upon a Saturday Love your library! Children’s storytime and art activity (for 4-11-year-olds).
  • Melksham library, 10.30am-11.30am: Love your library! Children’s storytime and art activity (for 4-11-year-olds).
  • Warminster library, 11am-midday: children’s activity.
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Last updated: 30 September 2019 | Last reviewed: 30 September 2019

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