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Warrington libraries mark Libraries Week with raft of events and activities including ‘Food for Fines’ initiative


Celebrate Libraries Week and help contribute to Warrington Food Bank with LiveWire’s ‘Food for Fines’ initiative.

Libraries Week – an annual celebration of the nation’s libraries – runs from Saturday 5th to Monday 14th October and LiveWire has a whole host of events and activities taking place to mark the week.

One is the ‘Food for Fines’ scheme that aims to help raise much-needed donations to Warrington Food Bank by allowing library members to donate items of food instead of paying a fine on any overdue book.

For each item of food donated, library staff will reduce the amount of fines owed on overdue books by £1 (up to a maximum of £50). If your fine is less than £1 it will simply be cleared in exchange for an item.

The food bank is currently short of the following items: tinned spaghetti, tinned fruit, fruit juice from concentrate, cream crackers, jam and tinned meat products – so these would be particularly welcomed.

All LiveWire Libraries are taking part in ‘Food for Fines’ and items can be donated during normal opening hours.

Other events taking part in Libraries Week include art classes, coding clubs, a murder mystery event, a history talk and a ‘silver social’ event at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub’s Jubilee Suite from 2pm to 4pm on Monday 7th October.

This event is for the over-55s and is aimed at helping to combat social isolation by providing a safe and friendly environment for people make new friends. Admission is free but booking is essential.

Anyone attending needs to register their attendance in the library.

Wendy Molyneux, LiveWire’s Strategic Library Manager, said: “Libraries Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. From ‘Food for Fines’ that we are really excited about to our ‘Silver Social’, It’s a chance for us to get away from the typical stereotyping of libraries and show that we are innovative in our approach to engaging with the public and reinventing the image of libraries.”

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “National Libraries Week is the perfect time to discover – or re-discover – all the wonderful things on offer at your local library. They are a great place to find the best new books, take up a hobby or meet new people.

“We want to make our libraries, inclusive, welcoming community spaces which are filled with creativity, learning, imagination and play. I’m delighted that National Libraries Week will celebrate many of these things – from family fun days to murder mysteries and from coding classes to heritage events. There’s something for everyone, so make sure you get involved in the week and support your local library.”

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