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Celebrate Libraries Week by visiting facilities at Wick and Thurso

By David G Scott

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This week is Libraries Week, and to celebrate, High Life Highland (HLH) libraries is running activities for literature lovers in Wick and Thurso – including the return of Bookbug.

Libraries Week runs from October 4-10 and aims to showcase and celebrate the best that libraries have to offer.

HLH principal libraries manager Julie Corcoran said: “The theme this year focuses on the role that libraries play in their community as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion.

The public library at Wick's campus. Picture: DGS
The public library at Wick's campus. Picture: DGS

“We’ll be running a wide range of activities across our 40 libraries from book quizzes, to special displays, book sales, the reintroduction of our popular book clubs, Bookbug sessions and a children’s treasure hunt.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we were forced to move Bookbug sessions online. It’s an extremely popular programme for babies through to five year olds and encourages book sharing, developing literacy and giving families time to talk, play and sing together.

“We hope everyone in our communities across the Highlands will enjoy the activities during Libraries Week – and beyond – and everyone is welcome.”

HLH libraries are free to join, giving you access to not just physical books, magazines, newspapers and computers, but thousands of titles through its online service too. They have also been recently shortlisted for a national award by the Scottish Library and Information Council.

The public library at Wick's campus. Picture: DGS
The public library at Wick's campus. Picture: DGS

The SLIC Award celebrates the commitment and creativity of Scotland’s library services and shortlisted HLH for its work moving Bookbug sessions – stories and rhymes for young children – online during lockdown.

You can find out what is going on for Libraries Week at your local library or searching for its local page on Facebook.

HLH runs 40 libraries and eight mobile libraries. To find your nearest library or sign up, visit www.highlifehighland.com/libraries

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