Join in the celebration of books and reading at Love Libraries Month

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Love Libraries Month. Image: Bedford Borough Council

Tomorrow (1 February) signals the start of Love Libraries Month – a month-long free celebration of books, reading and all things library-related.

Everyone is invited to take part in events for all age groups at each of the libraries in Bedford Borough, as well as seize the opportunity to become a library member if they have not already done so – membership is free for everyone.

The celebrations will feature author events for fiction lovers and family-friendly events for those with young children.

There will be special Storytime sessions at Bedford Central and Kempston libraries, for under-fives, with stories, rhymes, themed activities, library hunts, and free sticker books. The beloved Bookstart Bear will also be making an appearance at some of these sessions.

Throughout half term week, there will be free crafts for families in all the Bedford Borough Libraries. These include decorating a llama finger puppet, based on the book Llama Glamarama, and making your very own crazy caterpillar.

Simon James Green, the author of Llama Glamaram, will be running a free interactive session for four to seven-year-olds on Wednesday 21 February at Bedford Central Library at 11.30am, while later the same day those aged 12 and over, will also have their share of entertainment, with Simon bringing the hilarious awkwardness of adolescence to Kempston Library at 2.30pm. Tickets are £2.

Local author, Julia Jarman will be introducing readers to her latest novel, The Widows’ Wine Club at an event at Bromham Library on Thursday, 8 February at 1.30pm.

“Love Libraries Month is a great idea and I’m thrilled to be part of it,” Julia told the Bedford Independent.

“I’m looking forward to taking my widows to Bromham Library next week.”

Meanwhile, Sue Moorcroft will share insights into her life as an author at Putnoe Library on Monday, 12 February at 11am. Tickets for both these events are just £2.

History enthusiasts can find out fascinating facts about Bedford’s past with Bob Ricketts at Bedford Central Library on Friday, 9 February at 11.15am. The talk will be exploring the town’s transformation between 1950 and 1970, tickets are £2 and are expected to sell quickly.

Other than the Storytime sessions, half-term crafts, and Llama Glamarama, all the events will need to be booked in advance and places are limited.

You can find out more and book your tickets here. Please use the code HIGGINS30 to avoid booking fees.

Tickets can also be booked at the Box Office on 01234 718044, or by speaking to library staff for further information and booking assistance. Activities taking place as part of Love Libraries Month are funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Libraries are for life, not just Love Libraries Month…

Bedford Borough Libraries are much more than just places to borrow books. They are vibrant community hubs that offer a wealth of benefits to residents of all ages.

Whether people are looking for a quiet space to study, a fun activity for their children, or simply a friendly face to chat with, our local libraries have something for everyone. It’s completely free to join the library

Councillor Sarah Gallagher, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “We’re thrilled to offer these vibrant events and activities for all ages during Love Libraries Month.

“Libraries are the heart of our communities, fostering a love of reading and providing access to knowledge and learning for everyone. Whether it’s experiencing the joy of reading, free access to computers and Wi-Fi, or one of the fantastic events, we have something for all our residents.”

“The school holiday events always prove popular and it’s wonderful to see so many exciting free craft activities available for families in our Bedford Borough Libraries.”

Learn about everything that Bedford Borough Libraries have to offer, opening hours, and how to join, at bedford.gov.uk/libraries.