Published: Thursday, 7th March 2019

Schoolchildren were invited into Medway’s libraries to celebrate World Book Day today, Thursday, 7 March.

Medway Council has invited schools from across Medway into libraries to take part in storytelling sessions whilst dressed up as their favourite book characters.

World Book Day encourages children to explore books and appreciate reading.

Last year 1,028,886  people visited Medway’s libraries and 951,565 books were loaned to residents. Medway has five community hubs in Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Strood and Twydall as well as a neighbourhood community hub in Hempstead. Medway Council continues to invest in its libraries and funding has recently been agreed for a new community hub. Residents can access council services such as planning, housing, benefits and environmental services, use computers and free Wi-Fi, as well as library services and speak to council officers face-to-face. In 2018, 7,937,352 minutes were spent on library computers. There are also nine libraries across Medway and a community mobile library.

There is so much on offer at Medway libraries including a number of clubs and community groups which meet at libraries and hubs across Medway including baby bounce and rhyme, knitting clubs, Lego club, pop in and play sessions and readers groups.

Medway library card holders also have access to, and can borrow, copies of 134 emagazine titles including Hello, Cosmopolitan, Amateur Gardening, Men’s Health UK and The Economist to read on their smartphone or tablet in full colour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

'Reading is a crucial life skill'

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Reading is a crucial life skill and I’m pleased that we are marking World Book Day in our libraries. Medway’s libraries and community hubs aren’t just places where residents can come and borrow books and access computers we also offer a wide range of services and hold a number of events, for people of every age, all year round.”

Find out more about Medway’s libraries and access our online library services.


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