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12/10/18 - POSTPONED - Making some noise in libraries - Live gig in Llandudno Library as part of this year's Libraries Week

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12/10/18 - POSTPONED - Making some noise in libraries - Live gig in Llandudno Library as part of this year's Libraries Week

When visiting your local library maybe the last thing you expect to see, or hear, are the latest upcoming bands playing live. But that’s exactly what will happen during this year’s Libraries Week as it has teamed up with Y Selar Magazine and the Horizons project (BBC Wales and Arts Council Wales) to stage a live gig in Llandudno Library on 12 October.

Libraries Week (8-13 October) is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that libraries have to offer and this year, with a focus on wellbeing, they will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.

Music has long been proven to be a positive factor in improving wellbeing and that will be demonstrated as two of Wales’s best bands perform sets in Llandudno Library. On the afternoon of Friday, 12 October Merthyr electronic artist Eadyth and Wrexham favourites Seazoo will take to the shelves of the Library. Events are also taking place in Swansea and Camarthenshire.

Looking ahead to the library gig, BBC Horizons Project Manager Bethan Elfyn said, “The aim of the Horizons programme is to raise the profile of Welsh music, working in quite innovative ways to do this – and also to give new bands an opportunity to play in various locations and to varied audiences. I doubt if many of them will have played in a library before but it is a great chance to highlight the role libraries play in today’s society and to bring a new audience into the library. With Libraries Week focus this year on improving wellbeing including providing a space for being creative we see this as a perfect stage for our artists – I can’t wait to see people’s reaction!”

Ben Trow from north Wales based Seazoo who will perform in Llandudno added, “I can’t wait for this gig – as a band we are used to playing in many different venues but this will be a first in a public library. I think it’s great that libraries are taking this initiative forward and encouraging new audiences to come into their buildings – and proving that libraries offer such diverse services.”

Welsh public libraries have seen a huge increase in their services and in addition to loaning books you can also download e-magazines and audio and more and more of them are offering spaces for people to come together to talk and chat, a social hub for the whole community.

Kathryn Parry is Development Manager for CILIP Cymru Wales, the library and information association and believes Libraries Week is important as it highlights the ongoing vital work of libraries, “Working for CILIP is a pleasure throughout the year as I am able to see the breadth of professions supported by librarians and library workers. The aspiration this year of concentrating on wellbeing is a perfect fit as it reflects the variety of services offered. Taking live music into libraries is just another way of highlighting how libraries play a key role in delivering for all members of today’s society – why not pop down to your library today – you may be surprised at what you’ll find.”

Libraries Week is a great opportunity to showcase each individual library throughout Wales and with over 260 libraries across the country in many different shapes and forms, large and small, on wheels or within four walls, there is much to discover.

There is limited space at the gigs and tickets available through Eventbrite

For the latest news and updates, visit www.librariesweek.org.uk

About Libraries Week and Welsh libraries

Libraries Week is the annual UK-wide showcase of the best that UK libraries of all kinds have to offer, encouraging everyone to discover their library on the second week of October. librariesweek.org.uk @librariesweek #librariesweek

Visit https://libraries.wales/ for information about Welsh libraries and the digital services available

Welsh Public library figures (from CIPFA -Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Public Library Actuals 2016-17 Actuals)

  • 260 public libraries service points in Wales open 10 hours a week or more, including mobiles
  • Over 13.5 million visits were made to Welsh public libraries
  • Over 560,000 active borrowers (defined as borrowing an item in the last 12 months)
  • 10.8 million books were borrowed from Welsh public libraries
  • Over 870,000 audio-visual loans were made, including music, talking books, films, e-books and e-magazines
  • Over 1.5 million hours of free computer use in libraries were made by the public
  • 2.5 million enquiries were handled by public libraries in Wales
Posted on 05/10/2018

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