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2019’s top library book borrowers celebrated at special event at Warrington Library

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Warrington’s top 12 library borrowers of the past 12 months were celebrated on Sunday 2nd February at a special ceremony at Central Library.

The prolific readers – whose ages ranged from 6 to 82 – each received a book token from LiveWire, which were presented by Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community, Cllr Tony Higgins.

The prize-winners and their family and friends then enjoyed refreshments and a slice of a special book-themed cake, which was decorated with the words ‘a book is a gift you can open again and again’.

In total the number of books read by the top dozen borrowers was 2,659 – on average 221 books per person. Lucy Roach, 82, from Penketh Library was in first place, having read 310 books last year.

 Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community, Cllr Tony Higgins said: “It was a real pleasure to attend the event on Sunday and present the book tokens to our 12 top book borrowers. It was wonderful to see and hear how important reading and libraries were to everyone present, as this reflects how we at Warrington Borough Council and LiveWire feel about the importance of libraries.

“Of course our libraries are more than places to borrow books – we have a wealth of activities and services that reflect many different interests and needs – but at the core is books and the pleasure of reading, which was celebrated on Sunday. Well done everyone and here’s another great year of book borrowing at our libraries.”

Chris Everett, LiveWire Community Librarian, said: “It was lovely to be able to welcome some of our most loyal library customers and thank them in person for supporting their local library.

“Everyone enjoyed the celebration event with their friends and family and it was so nice hearing feedback about how much their library means to them. We look forward to welcoming them all back to their local library soon. We hope this will inspire lots of new readers through our doors in 2020.”

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