AM supports Libraries Week

October 2017 is Libraries Week in Monmouthshire and across the UK - a showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that libraries have to offer.

Between Monday 9th to Saturday 14th October there will be the chance for people to discover something new at their library - from code clubs to play and learning for children, to managing their health, to finding a job, a hobby or starting a business.

Urging constituents to show their support for Libraries Week, Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay said “People may be surprised to learn that 250 million visits were made to public libraries in Great Britain last year - more than cinema and theatre visits, visits to the UK’s top ten tourist attractions and the number of people that went to live music gigs combined.

“Young people are the group most likely to use public libraries. In Wales, during the past year, over 10.8 million books were borrowed from public libraries; 51% of us have a current library card and 47% have used a public library in the last twelve months.

“Libraries fulfil such a wide variety of roles –not only in promoting a love of reading and literacy but also by improving digital access; they help people look for jobs and support lifelong learning. They are a much loved and in my view an essential part of our community.”