‘Libraries Love Families’ Day – Today

LIVERPOOL Central Library is about to be taken over by prancing parents, crafty kids and even radical robots!

A special family day packed full of exercise sessions, arts and crafts, wildlife and robot building is proving there’s much more to libraries than books.

The ‘Libraries Love Families’ Day at Central Library on Saturday 14 October, is a completely free event which aims to get the whole family using libraries and show them all the fun, educational activities on offer.

It’s all part of family learning week, co-ordinated by independent charity Campaign for Learning, which aims to place learning at the heart of family life.

Liverpool City Council Leader Warren Bradley said: “Our libraries are a wonderful resource for families. There’s something for everyone – from hundreds of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs to free computer and internet access, and from community and family-themed events to exercise and yoga.

“This special event is about capturing the imaginations of families and showing them how fun, exciting and educational their local library can be. Hopefully we can get them hooked and coming back to their library again and again.

The event includes family exercise taster sessions, healthy eating advice and the chance for people to check their blood pressure.

Kids (and big kids!) can build a family robot and take him home.

Park rangers will be giving an introduction to bird boxes and feeders and familes can plant their own flower to take home. Children can also make their own wildlife mask.

Merseytravel will also be helping families get creative with arts and crafts sessions and families can log-onto a new Liverpool history website, whatwashere.com and add their own stories.

And there’s storytelling to suit all ages, a treasure trail with a fantastic family prize on offer, and even confidence building sessions to make everyone in the family feel 10 feet tall!

Councillor Bradley added: “In recent weeks, we’ve introduced free book, CD and DVD borrowing for children and slashed prices for adults. This is the latest part of our mission to make our libraries even more attractive for local people.”

The fun takes place at Liverpool Central Library on Saturday 14 October from 12noon – 4pm.