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It’s National Libraries Day this Saturday 6 February and #libraryletters is a campaign to share what libraries mean.

‘In 1971 a new library opened in Troy, Michigan, USA. To mark the occasion dozens of people across the world were invited to write a letter to the children and young people of Troy about the importance of libraries and reading. Forty-four years later, as Chief Executive of the Arts Council (the national development agency for libraries in England), I’m inviting you to mark National Libraries Day 2016 by sending your own message to the children of your city, town or village, telling them what you think your local library will mean for their future.’ Darren Henley.

Dear children of Wakefield,

When you open the door to your library, you are starting a special adventure. It’s like a door to your very own Tardis and your library card is the key to take you to whole new worlds. You can lose yourself in great stories. You will meet new people (story characters or real ones) who will inspire you and live in your imagination. You can find out what it feels like to be somebody else and live a different life. You can explore the world and how things work. The books you discover (paper or digital ones) can help you find the imagination and knowledge you will need to live the life you want to have.

And it’s YOUR adventure. You are in charge. You can choose the books that you want to explore every time you come. It’s free and fun and you will be very welcome. The libraries belong to you and to all the people in Wakefield so please come in and see what you can discover.

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