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Human interest: Celebrating Kent libraries and archives with five days of fun

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The first National Libraries Week takes place from Monday to Saturday, 9-14 October and Kent’s libraries will be celebrating in style with a host of fun activities for all the family to enjoy.


The county has 99 libraries and this dedicated week provides a great opportunity to showcase many of the services that residents might not know about.

It’s free to join your local library and most activities are completely free. From Baby Rhyme Time to Talk Time, author talks, exhibitions and the chance to explore Kent’s rich Archive collections – there is a lot to discover.

Libraries have activities to suit everyone, including reading groups for the visually impaired, the hard of hearing and adults with learning disabilities.


Library customers can even have sessions to learn more about computers, get help with job searches and applications, and take part in a range of other social activities and opportunities to make new friends, gain knowledge and discover something new.

They also offer a range of free online services - so if you are unable to get to a library, the library can come to you. You can log into   or download the library app to access free online magazines, audio books, and e-books. You can also use the online catalogue to search and reserve books, DVDs and CDs for free.


Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We are very proud of our library service and want to ensure that as many people as possible are inspired to visit a library, discover what is on offer and encourage their friends and family to get involved.

“Although we promote our libraries, their facilities and events all year round, National Libraries Week is an opportunity to focus on the service and promote them more widely to residents who may not appreciate everything they have to offer.”

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