• National Libraries Day 2014: How will you celebrate?

What are you doing for this year’s National Libraries Day? The annual celebration of libraries of all shapes and sizes, all around the UK, is happening this year on Saturday February 8.

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Visit the National Libraries Day website here.

Hertfordshire libraries are organising events in some branches and are also holding a prize draw for readers who visit a library and borrow a book – three lucky winners will receive a Nook e-reader. Their advice is to contact your local library branch for more details.

View everything that’s on in the UK here.

This year we’re working on an idea first put forward by Gary Green of Voices for the Library – contributing to the Library A to Z. We’re hoping to make a short film on the theme of O for Opportunity – “County of Opportunity” being a slogan of Hertfordshire County Council’s, after all.

You can check out the A to Z yourself for ideas about ways to celebrate National Libraries Day, or for a broader idea of all the different things that libraries do.

A great way to celebrate is to bring along a friend, colleague or relative who doesn’t use the library, but who you think might enjoy it once they get through the door.

Another popular idea is the Librarithon – seeing how many branches you can visit in a day. There’s a forum on the National Libraries Day site for people to make plans and compare totals.

You could check out Phil Bradley’s excellent set of retro library posters on Flickr here – why not print one out and put it up on your staffroom, office, school, college or community noticeboard?

But, whatever you decide to do, the single most important way of supporting libraries (especially the smaller branches) is to visit them, use their services and borrow books. So, if you do nothing else, please get yourself along to one of the Stevenage and North Herts branches on Saturday February 8.

If you’re a Twitter user don’t forget to follow @natlibrariesday and check out the NLD14 hashtag.

• Image by Flickr user Phil Bradley – click for full credit and licence.

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