World Book Week

World Book Week was celebrated in style in Monmouthshire’s Libraries, with activities aimed at all ages.  Children’s author and screenplay writer Dan Antony visited Chepstow, Caldicot and Monmouth libraries to talk to year six children about his latest book “Rugby Zombies” and writing for the Tracey Beaker TV series.  At Abergavenny the entireLlanvihangelCrucorneyPrimary School came in costume to celebrate their World Book Day and while the older pupils listened to Dan the infants enjoyed some all action stories and a quiz.

Abergavenny Library took part in the I CAN Guinness World Record Challenge on St David’s Day to see how many pre-schoolers and others could be part of a UK wide singing of “heads, shoulders, knees and toes”.  Baby Rhyme Time regulars did the actions but all ages were invited to join in the singing and were rewarded with appropriate Welsh refreshments.

 At Chepstow World Book Day was celebrated in the evening when local authors Meg Kingston, Julia Gregson, M R Hall and William Ayot, town Councillor Hilary Beach and librarian Anja Brown read passages from their favourite literary works to a very appreciative audience.

At Abergavenny boxes of books arrived daily throughout the week as the library was one of hundreds across the UK signed up to celebrate World Book Night and act as a collection point for customers who had registered as Book Givers to collect the forty-eight copies of their selected title to present as free gifts to others.  On the evening of Saturday 5th March, six brave givers, including local storyteller Daniel Morden, read from their selected title to an audience of seventy people.  Performance poet Mab Jones made it an evening to remember in her own wickedly funny style.

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National Library Read-In Day

Local author, Meg Kingston, showed her support for Chepstow Library on Saturday 5th February as part of a National Day of protests against library closures across the country.  She encouraged the majority of customers in the library to sign a petition in support of the local library.

 Read-in events were organised all over Wales in protest against planned library closures and to demonstrate public support for the services provided by libraries. 

Meg encouraged people to visit their local library, register if they hadn’t already done so, take out books and show their support in any way they can.