Friday, 20 January 2012

Love your Libraries campaign Update

One of last year's national resolutions was a "Love your Libraries" campaign. It launched on Sept 16th, and here are a few reminders of how Stokey WI joined in

The campaign isn't over yet, so here's a few dates for the diary and more ideas for how to get involved:- 
National Libraries Day 4th February 2011
All over the country plans are progressing for National Libraries Day on 4th February. The day is a chance to celebrate our libraries, and to demonstrate how important they are to our communities. If you haven’t already organised an event, why not try one of these options?
  • A ‘hug a library event’ - organise a human chain to form a ‘group hug’ around the library to demonstrate just how much it is valued
  • A Love Libraries march to your public library or a rally – you might even want to dress as your favourite literary character
  • Hold your WI meeting, or WI book group in your local library
  • A library ‘read in’ event with local authors, or for children’s reading group
A website for the day has been launched where you can register your own event and find out what is going on around the country:

You can also find out more on Facebook here:
Or follow on Twitter via @NatLibrariesDay

Join the Libraries Lobby Day on Tuesday 13th March
The next stage of the Love Your Libraries campaign will be a lobby day in Parliament. Members are invited to come along on 13th March to join a rally in support of libraries, and to meet with your local MP to explain why libraries are so important to you.

Full briefings will be provided, and there will be an opportunity to meet up with other WI members to share experiences. To find out more please contact Emma Lindsay in the Public Affairs Department on 020 7371 9300 (ext 213) or email

Libraries Embroidery Project
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” Jorge Luis Borges
WI members are invited to embroider their favourite literary quotation to illustrate the importance of libraries to our lives. The quotation can be taken from any work of literature or poetry, and any technique of hand or machine embroidery may be used.

The best submissions will be showcased at Denman College and the Autumn National Council meeting later in 2012.

To enter, you must embroider your favourite literary quotation onto material no larger than A3. Entries must be framed, but need not be glazed.

·   The quotation can be taken from any novel or poem.
·   The quotation should be embroidered on any type of fabric.
·   The entry should be no larger than A3 in size.
·   You may use any type of machine or hand embroidery.
·   Entries must be framed to enable hanging, but need not be glazed.
·   Entries must be clearly labelled with the competitor’s name, address, contact telephone number and WI.
·   Entries can either be posted or delivered by hand to the NFWI, 104 New King’s Road, London, SW6 4LY.

To enter the competition please e mail us for an entry form

The winning entry will receive £50 of book tokens.

Deadline for entry forms 1st March.
Deadline for completed entries: 31st April 2012
Winners announced 14th May 2012.
Best entries displayed at Denman College June-September 2012
Entries showcased at Autumn National Council meeting October 2012.

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