How do I love thee? Let me count the 10 amazing ways
It’s National Libraries Day today, so here is the top 10 countdown of awesomeness that is Richmond upon Thames Library Service.
- Free books We lent over 1 million books last year*
- Free eBooks Yes, we have had them for over 12 years here at Richmond upon Thames and not just eBooks, we’ve got eAudiobooks and streamed content too.
- Free computer use, wifi and scanning At any library in the borough.
- Reading groups We’ve got over 25.
- IT Taster sessions Over 600 people came to the library for free IT training last year*
- Special events for children Each week every library holds a special children’s event, it could be storytime, a reading group or a tiny teddies session.
- Home Library Service For anybody who can’t visit our library in person we offer a home library service.
- Special events In the last year we have had author talks, dance installations, guided walks and geocache trails.
- Free online resources Used over 80,000 times last year* our free resources cover loads of subjects.
- Local Studies Our local history department holds the borough archives, a treasure trove of records, books and pictures.
*Last reporting year 2013-14
National Libraries Day is on Saturday 7 February 2015, with the message that we love our library and information services and the professionals behind them.
The National Libraries Day campaign is designed to say a national thank-you for the unique contribution made by library and information professionals and their institutions to personal and professional prosperity; from sparking a lifelong love of books and reading, to accelerating literacy and learning and connecting workers with the different kinds of information they need in their workplace; providing a home for social relationships and inclusiveness and a safe place for any member of the community to gain help and essential access to information and the internet. www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk
[ by Rosie Piasecki, Librarian ]