Readers mark library day in Sheffield

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Bookworms in Sheffield will highlight their opposition to library closures in the city

with a social media campaign.

Readers across the city’s libraries will take a photograph of themselves raising a finger to their lips and saying ‘shhh’ at 11am on Saturday, before sharing the picture on Twitter and Facebook.

The Big Shhh! is just one of the events that 15 campaign groups are running to mark National Library Day.

At Broomhill Library crime writer Danuta Reah will lead a writers’ workshop, read from her latest novel and talk about her writing experiences.

She said: “‘It was the love of reading – fostered by the friendly and expert staff – that first drew me to writing.

“The library helps to keep the community alive. Keep it open.”

Children are also invited to come as their favourite book character and adults can contribute to a memory scrapbook.

In Walkley library staff will be dusting off the archives and displaying photos of the library and the area in bygone days.

Residents who are fighting to keep their library open will lead story times and craft activities for children.

Cakes from the Walkley Cookbook are also to give a flavour of Walkley’s rich history.

Speaking on behalf of library campaign groups, Louisa Harrison Walker. from Save Totley Library , said: “We will spend National Library Day celebrating the staff and service delivered by our local library – but will the council?

“All of the people in Sheffield deserve their local library to encourage reading, provide a community hub and support lifelong learning.”