National Libraries Day
ABOUT NLD – SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2015
How will you get involved? Visit the National Libraries Day website to register events and download useful items.
The School Library Association is proud to be a partner in this important event.
National Libraries Day 2015, will be a culmination of a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK, will take place on Saturday 7 February 2015.
Every day across the UK, librarians and information professionals are improving literacy rates, encouraging learning and promoting reading for pleasure. They connect people with the information they need and contribute to a fair and prosperous society. National Libraries Day 2015 is a chance to say a big thank you to these unsung heroes, to shine a spotlight on all the great work they do and to show decision-makers just why librarians and information professionals are so loved and so vital to our communities.
The National Libraries Day Steering Group is made up of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Reading Agency, the School Library Association and the Society of Chief Librarians.
Former CILIP President, Phil Bradley said, “In these times of austerity is clear that libraries are needed and valued more than ever. Librarians in conjunction with their members are working hard to protect and improve their communities, to increase literacy levels, and to provide training and support in many areas, from learning about the internet through to researching for a new job. 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.” Cilip press release 16/11/2012
RALLYING CALL FROM JOHN LYDON AHEAD OF NATIONAL LIBRARIES DAY
“Saturday 7 February is National Libraries Day. Be there.
Libraries are the most important essential part of our culture and civilisation…”
In a specially recorded message singer, songwriter and musician John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, implores the UK to value its libraries and urges everyone to show their support on National Libraries Day, Saturday 7 February 2015.
Crediting libraries and librarians for his recovery from memory loss after contracting meningitis as an eight year old, the audio message was recorded to mark the annual national celebration of libraries and library staff and follows the recent publication of Lydon’s autobiography, Anger is an Energy.
The recording will be available to listen to on Saturday 7 February via the National Libraries Day website.
7 February rounds off a week’s worth of celebrations hosted by libraries of all kinds around the UK for their communities, including a J.R.R. Tolkien trail walk, a school’s Guinness World Record attempt, stargazing and Warhammer and special appearances by local authors, historians and others.
Details of nationwide events are posted to the National Libraries Day online event map and people can show their support in person by joining a local event or by simply visiting their library during National Libraries Day week. Supporters can also share stories, messages and library ‘shelfies’ online and on social media.