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Libraries gear up for new members

Date: 17/04/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

On Saturday 26 April, Medway’s libraries are gearing up to receive lots of new library joiners as part of the National Year of Reading’s ground-breaking new national initiative Join A Library Day. Supported by all libraries across England, the day is part of the National Year of Reading’s campaign to encourage parents, children and young people to join their local library. “Libraries are a free and fantastic asset for the community,” said Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe. “Millions of people around the country visit them regularly – but there’s always room for plenty more. “In Medway we have 16 superb libraries and have invested a great deal in creating new ones – such as Rochester, Chatham and Grain – as well as refurbishing many more. There’s never been a better time to join.” As well as a free joining pack, anyone joining any Medway library on 26 April will get a free seven-day leisure pass to Echoes gyms at Strood, Black Lion, Deangate and Hoo leisure centres, Splashes leisure centre in Rainham and the Stirling Centre in Rochester. The pass includes a free induction session too. Children aged 8 - 16 will receive a seven-day pass for Shokk gym at the Black Lion. Not only that, but they will also be offered a free copy of the Children’s Ultimate Book Guide. It’s free to join the library at any time. To find out more about libraries go to www.medway.gov.uk/libraries or call Chatham Library on 01634 337799. The popularity of public libraries is evident from the fact that 53 per cent of adults visit them. There were nearly 300 million visits to England’s public libraries last year alone, from 10.8 million active members. The 2008 National Year of Reading is being managed by The National Literacy Trust and lead partner The Reading Agency. Founded in 2002, The Reading Agency is an independent charity and reading development agency. For more information, see www.readingagency.org.uk