Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year the focus is on wellbeing. Libraries across Manchester will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. See what’s on!

Manchester Libraries and Archives week of wellbeing events includes visits from writers Mohammed Hanif, Pat Barker, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, Carol Anne Duffy, Suzanne Batty and Clare Shaw, Azita Ghahreman and Maura Dooley as part of the Manchester Literature Festival. Plus we’re inviting you to join the Journeys Festival events, happening in libraries across Manchester and don’t forget the Family Reading Day on Saturday 13 October at Manchester Central Library.

You’ll also find tonnes more activities across the city, with a wellbeing focus  for both adults and children include knitting, yoga, sewing and crafts, Lego and computer coding, plus Arabic calligraphy and a men’s social group. Never be bored – come and find out about volunteering in libraries or even setting up your own business. Plus we’d love to film you sharing your thoughts on libraries and wellbeing in our green screen video booths.

Local community choirs will give a special performance in Fallowfield and Wythenshawe Forum libraries on Saturday 13 October to bring the joy of singing into the library and the Manchester Bee Farewell celebrations also take place over the weekend  to help round off an amazing Libraries Week. See what’s on!

Library spokesperson Philip Cooke said, “We have a brilliant programme of activities during Libraries Week that we hope will bring the community together and find out more about all the ways we can help with your wellbeing. Everyone is welcome and the library is free to join”.

For the latest news and updates, look out for the #librariesweek hashtag and visit us Facebook and Twitter.  Take a look at what’s on and let’s make Libraries Week 2018 a celebration to remember! See what’s on!

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