Events around Newport mark National Libraries Week

Posted on Monday 2nd October 2017
Libraries Week 2017

A host of events for all ages are due to take place in and around Newport to celebrate National Libraries Week.

And for youngsters who took part in our Summer Reading Challenge there is a special event taking place on Saturday, 7 October.

Shoo Rayner, who has written and illustrated hundreds of children’s books and has had more than 30 million views on his YouTube drawing videos, will be the special guest at the celebration at the Riverfront Theatre with two sessions – one at 9.30am and one at 11am.

Youngsters who received a Summer Reading Challenge medal can book for this event at any library, just take your medal with you when you do.

On Monday, 9 October award winning romantic suspense novelist Evonne Wareham will be visiting Malpas Library from 5.30pm so go along and say hello. This event is free.

Traditional storytelling with a theme of myths and legends will be given a modern twist by Carl Gough, who  will be at Caerleon Library on Tuesday, October 10 from 7.15pm. All welcome and admission is free.

Screen writer and crime author M R Hall is the guest speaker at Rogerstone Library on Wednesday, October 11. Again admission is free.

Bettws Library will be hosting an afternoon event on Thursday, October 12 at 2.30pm when Andrew Hemmings, author of ‘Secret Newport’ will be on hand to reveal hidden facts that even the most local person doesn’t know!

In the evening of Thursday, 12 October, radio presenter, sports commentator and author Phil Steele will be at Newport’s Central Library at 7.15pm.

Come along and hear what Phil has to say. Admission is £5 and includes a glass of wine.

The week ends with a Fun Day at Central Library on Saturday, 14 October running from 10am until 3pm.

Youngsters can enjoy face painting, balloon making, storytelling, crafts and much more. Admission is free and everyone is very welcome to join in the activities.

Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Debbie Harvey, said she is delighted the city’s libraries are hosting events to celebrate National Libraries Week.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge who won a medal for their efforts. It is great to see youngsters enjoying the wide variety of books on offer.

“I hope people will also take advantage of the events taking place to mark National Libraries Week, most of which are free and offer a wide variety of talks and entertainment for all age groups.

“Our libraries play an important part in local communities and we hope people will take the chance to explore what is on offer not just this week but all year round,” said Cllr  Harvey.

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