National Libraries Day 2013 confirmed
19th November 2012
National Libraries Day 2013 will take place on Saturday February 9th as schools, colleges, universities, workplaces and public libraries across the UK come together to say a 'big thank you' to the librarians who are helping to improve literacy rates, encourage learning and promote reading for pleasure.
This year's day saw thousands of people enjoy more than 400 events take place in libraries all over the country, with author visits, live music performances, book clubs, family history days, stand-up comedy and behind the scenes tours.
Organisers say next year's National Libraries Day will go 'even further' to celebrate the value of our libraries, librarians and information professionals, and is a chance to say thank you to 'unsung heroes' and the great work they do in our communities.
Phil Bradley, the president of The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, said in times of austerity, libraries are needed and valued more than ever.
'National Libraries Day is an opportunity to celebrate everyone who works in a library, everyone who visits libraries, and to highlight to people who don't visit them exactly what they're missing out on,' he said.