9th May 2021



Manchester celebrates National Libraries Week

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Wythenshawe Forum Library, Lego making part of the Fun Palace event. Pictured Aqeel Khurshid aged 5 with mum Faz and sister Ammara 3

Manchester’s libraries are hosting free events for residents of all ages – including everything from yoga to CV help to computer coding – during this year’s National Libraries Week.

Wythenshawe Forum Library, Lego making part of the Fun Palace event.
Pictured Aqeel Khurshid aged 5 with mum Faz and sister Ammara 3

National Libraries Week (Mon 9 – Saturday 14 October) is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.

Libraries citywide will be holding Tiny Tots and Toddler Times, for children under five years old and their parents or carers. Bring your little ones to their local library for stories and songs at these free events, with no need to book a place in advance.  Learning activities such as these are hosted to boost young children’s social and emotional development and help them to become ‘school-ready’ by the time they reach full-time school.

A programme of activities to help people make the most out of their libraries will be running throughout the week – including sessions on everything from job-searching at Longsight Library (Wednesday 11 October, drop-in, 9am – 5pm), yoga at Gorton Library (Thursday 12 October, 2 – 4pm), to Lego Club at Withington Library (Friday 13 October, 2:30 – 3:30pm), plus a range of activities citywide aimed at young children.

In 2016/7, Manchester libraries hosted almost three million visitors and provided more than 134,000 activities and events, plus 20,000 educational sessions for local children

In the build-up to National Libraries Week, six of the city’s libraries hosted family-friendly ‘Fun Palace’ events, featuring a wide range of arts and crafts activities and hands-on science and technology sessions.  Fun Palaces is an ongoing national campaign for culture at the heart of every community, held over an annual weekend of science, craft, tech, digital and sports events and activities, run by and for local communities.

Events held as part of this year’s Manchester Literature Festival will be hosted at Central Library during National Libraries Week, featuring appearances from authors including Alan Hollinghurst, Will Self and Harriet Harman.

Next Tuesday (17 October), Manchester Libraries staff will be taking over the council’s social media channels, tweeting from some of the wide range of activities happening at the city’s libraries.

Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “National Libraries Week is a great time for people to discover something new at their local library.  Everything from arts and crafts to code clubs to play and learning activities are on offer for children, while for adults, there’s the chance to take up a new hobby, or advice on managing your health, finding a new job and even starting your own business.

“This week, I encourage everyone to find out about the wealth of activities and services that our libraries have to offer.”

To find out more about what is happening at your local library, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries

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