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Welcome to our first edition of “The Reader”. We’ve made a lot of progress already this year and it’s only just begun. If you have any suggestions we’d love to hear from you. Thank you and happy reading.

WHAT’S ON AT HALESWORTH LIBRARY? We continue to invite our customers to become a member of the ‘Friends of Halesworth Library’. Our aim is to ensure the future of our library and what it provides for the community. So far we have registered 359 adult members and 15 junior members and would like to thank you for your generosity and support. Now we are a recognised organisation, we are relying on the support of the people of Halesworth and surrounding villages to become active as ‘Friends’. Sign up and collect your membership card at the library. We look forward to welcoming you!

If you are a friend of Halesworth Library you can join in our latest fund raising initiative in the form of a 100 club. It will be starting in April but numbers are going fast so get down to the library to choose yours soon! Club members pledge to pay ÂŁ12 per year (or multiples thereof) and on a designated day of every month the numbers of three club members will be randomly selected and they will receive a prize equivalent to 25% of receipts for 1st be saved and go into a Christmas bonus draw in December.

Our Aims To promote Halesworth Library as a vital part of the local community To raise funds to develop the range of services available at Halesworth Library To contribute to the development of the library service across Suffolk

Children’s activities Every Sunday we have a free drop-in activities for children between 12 and 2.30pm. Stories, crafts and fun!

Baby bounce and tot rock Every Tuesday 10-11am Give your child a head start when it comes to reading and come along to our baby bonce and tot rock session. The interaction with songs dances and rhymes not only helps build the foundation for a love of learning but also strengthens your bond with babies/ toddlers and their parents/carers. Come and join us, it’s fun and it’s free!

Easter Fun Day Saturday 19th April 10-3 -Face Painting -Easter Treasure Hunt -Activities Corner -Craft Workshop -Storyweaving …And much more!

Time for a cuppa? Every Wednesday, from 10.30-12.00, we have “Time Out” a friendly, relaxed group and a great place to meet new friends.

Do you need careers advice? Help with a C.V.? An adviser from the National Careers service will be here on selected Wednesdays. Please pop in to the library to confirm dates and to make an appointment.

A representative from Age UK will be present in the library on the 1st and last Wednesday of the month between 10.30am-12pm. If you need some help or information and don’t know where to look then please pop in. If you just need to chat that’s okay too.

On the 2nd Saturday of the month between 10 – 11am your local councillor holds a surgery and on the 4th Saturday your town councillor is here between 10-11a.m.

World Book Night World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books, which sees passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading. There are also hundreds of events from small community gatherings to author readings and audiences of thousands World Book Night is celebrated on April 23 in the UK, Ireland and the USA. It is run by The Reading Agency - the charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance to become a reader. Because everything changes when we read. In the UK 35% of people don’t regularly read despite reading for pleasure being a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read. Line by line, paragraph by paragraph until they too have discovered the power of reading and the opportunities in life that reading can open the door to.

Why April 23? April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare, as well as the death day of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist. It is in their honour that UNESCO appointed it the international day of the book and that we choose it to celebrate World Book Night. April 23 also marks the city of Barcelona's celebration of St George's Day. St George is the patron saint of Catalonia as well as England and traditionally, to celebrate this day, Spanish gentlemen gave their ladies roses and the ladies returned the favour with a book. Considering the rich literary history of this day, it seemed more than fitting that April 23 should be chosen as the day of celebrating reading and the giving of books! For more information and to get involved visit:

Starting Wednesday 26th March

iPad Session 2:00 ~ 3:00 Laptop Session 3:15 ~ 4:15 Both sessions are free. Enquire at Halesworth Library to book your place now – 01986 875095.

Special Easter Event! Author Nicola Davies will be reading from her book

“The Promise”

Wednesday 16th April, 2 – 3pm Followed by

Acorn crafts let’s make a HUGE Easter wish-tree in the library! 3 – 4.30pm

Knit & Natter, Stitch & Chatter Come and join us at Halesworth Library on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoon of every month between 2-4pm Refreshment available

Want to join a local book group? We are hoping to start a new book group at the library. This will take place on a Thursday evening once a month. Shared wine and refreshments. A great way to share your love of books and meet new people. Please contact Catherine Draper at


Wednesday 9 April 2:30 till 4:00 FREE – Come & Have Fun Pick ‘n’ Mix Crafts Halesworth


Thank you for giving us a read. If you would like to know more or help contribute we’d love to hear from you either in the library or

The Reader - Issue 1  

A Friends of Halesworth Library publication

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