Saturday, February 9, 2013

February 9: UK National Libraries Day

Over the past week schools, colleges, workplaces and universities in the UK have been busy promoting and preparing for today, National Libraries Day. Due to the economic decline in the UK, funding for libraries has been slashed in recent years. Some libraries have been forced to close, while others have been fortunate enough to stay in operation thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers.

Manchester Central Library
We previously mentioned that libraries are the one of the great places to learn languages and should be celebrated. They provide books for free, what more could you ask for?

Given that today is a Saturday, you should pop in to your local library. You can read and even browse in modern libraries, so what are you waiting for? Many libraries have cafés now too, so you could even have a coffee and get comfortable with a good book.

Many libraries around the UK are having special events today, so who knows what fun you might stumble upon in your local library! You can find a list of the events on the National Libraries Day website. From the few we've looked at, you could get the chance meet Winnie the Pooh, take part in a library quiz, taste international cuisine, peruse a book sale, discuss graphic novels, participate in a singalong, or play with adorable animals. A few of those are probably intended for children, but we're sure you could join in on the fun too.

How's your New Year's resolution going? Have you studied as much of that language you said you would? Maybe you should make sure you're keeping your promise and get studying at the library. Okay, so maybe it's not as exciting as the pub, but we reckon the library is a great place to go and you shouldn't really go to the pub before noon anyway!