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Communities give thumbs-up to local libraries

PEOPLE across Swansea have been showing love for their local libraries.

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Hundreds of library users from Gower to Gorseinon are giving their much-loved libraries the thumbs-up to mark National Libraries Day.

National Libraries Day was held on Saturday (February 9). It was the culmination of a week's worth of celebrations at school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK.

Swansea Council runs a network of community libraries in Swansea. They include many community-based libraries and Central Library in the Civic Centre.

Figures show over 1.2 million visits were made to Swansea's libraries last year. More than 1.3 million books, CDs and DVDs were issued, and just over 16,000 new registrations were handled.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "Events like National Libraries Day are great because they further raise the profile of our fantastic libraries in Swansea. Traditional perceptions about libraries being dusty, silent buildings with shelves full of ancient books have been blown out of the water in recent times.

"Our libraries are modern, vibrant hubs of the communities they serve where people can surf the internet and access a huge selection of fun activities and clubs. Libraries are free to join and users have millions of top book, CD and DVD titles at the fingertips. The stock is also regularly updated, which means the most popular and contemporary works are at people's disposal.

"Libraries are also helping many people across the city save stacks of money because they're free to join and most of the services cost nothing."

Anyone who joins the library service from now until February 28 has the chance to win an e-reader.

Names of new users at all the city's 17 libraries are being entered into a prize draw for a free Nook GlowLight.

All people need to join one of the libraries is proof of their address. And even if you're already a member, you can still enter the prize draw by encouraging a friend or relative to join the library service.

Nook GlowLights have a back-lighting function that means you can still read them on dark evenings.

E-books and e-audio downloads are available from the library service for storage on the device.

Have a look at http://swansea.gov.uk/libraries for more information or call 01792 636464.

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