Wiltshire libraries enjoyed a successful Libraries Week (9-14 October), with people attending author talks, displays from the archives, a sci-fi and fantasy day, children’s activities, and an official opening celebration in Devizes.
In Salisbury, the week also coincided with Secret Libraries Week, with a special display of maps and other items rarely seen from the library store. Visitors to the library also enjoyed a talk by Emily Naish on the Highlights of Salisbury Cathedral Library Medieval to Modern, Music to Mice; a talk about libraries past, present and future; and a variety of children’s fun activities.
The opening of newly refurbished Devizes Community Hub and Library was attended by hundreds of people and entertainment included Bookstart Bear, a community bake-off cake competition, and performances from Devizes Superchoir and St Matthews Junior Choir, Rowde.
Also in Devizes, there was an invasion from outer space as Daleks, Cybermen, Star Wars droids and other sci-fi heroes and villains descended on the library for the sci-fi and fantasy day. People attended the event, dressed in sci-fi costumes to enjoy talks by local authors and demonstrations and talks on writing, computer art, illustration, robotics and film.
Other events took place around the county, including author talks in Trowbridge.
Darren Henry, portfolio holder for libraries, said: “I’m delighted that Libraries Week was such an outstanding success throughout Wiltshire.
“The diverse range of events on offer meant that there was something for people of all ages, and it’s great to see our libraries being used in so many different and creative ways.
“Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books; increasingly, they’re also used for community events, meetings, activities, and to access other council services. Libraries Week is a great example of how these buildings can be used to benefit local communities.”