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Discover something new during Libraries Week

Lancashire libraries will be taking part in a week-long celebration showcasing their services, from Monday 7 October to Saturday 12 October.

It will be an opportunity for people to find out about activities the libraries offer, including digital resources, learning opportunities and family activities.

This year’s theme is celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world, and events and activities at local libraries will support this. The week aims to celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise.

Activities that will take place include sessions where people can research their family tree using the libraries’ free access to the Ancestry and Find My Past services.

Other activities include sessions to experience Make Noise in virtual reality. Combining VR and voice technology, Make Noise allows viewers to listen to the suffragettes telling their stories in their own voices. People taking part will then be able to use their own voice to participate and break through the barriers faced by the suffragettes during their struggle to win the vote for women. Participants will be able to speak, hum, sing and shout along, to change their virtual world.

Online safety, how to spot scams sessions and designing and printing 3D bookmark sessions will also be available.

People can also learn the basics of shopping safely online and how to register an account with BorrowBox to download books and eAudio.

The Lego clubs that run in libraries will also be taking part in the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals (CILIP) competition to get creative and to build their Library of the Future out of Lego.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We’re taking part in the national week to celebrate all that we offer in our much-loved libraries.

“We’ve planned some really relevant activities for people, to help them in the digital age.

“I hope that people see this as an opportunity to take a fresh look at their local library, discover what’s on offer and encourage their friends and family to do the same.”

You can call in at your local library to find out more information about Libraries Week, and the events and activities that are taking place.

Libraries Week is supported by the UK’s library and information association CILIP, the Arts Council, the Society of Chief Librarians, the Reading Agency, the School Library Association and the Libraries Taskforce.

Anyone who lives or works in Lancashire can join a library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.

The events taking place as part of Libraries Week are available at bit.ly/librariesweek

More information about the Lego activity is available at www.librariesweek.org.uk/library-of-the-future

More information about the national celebration is at www.librariesweek.org.uk

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