Library Lovers’ Day 2014 was a phenomenal success, with libraries around Australia feeling the #librarylove. We were so pleased to see the tweets, the facebook posts, the instagram photos, the emails and all of the clever ideas you had to share the library love. Below, you will find a list of some of the great activities that happened around Australia. We’d love to hear what happened at your library too! Let us know by emailing email@example.com or posting it on the Library Lovers' Day facebook page.
At Canberra Girls’ Grammar School they celebrated LLD, by getting students to select a book they liked and leaving a secret red heart in it for the next reader, saying that they liked it and why. They also decorated the shelves with red hearts.
The Library at St Clare's offered their students a book 'date' to take home in the form of a book. They also had a lunchtime quiz.
Blacktown City Libraries celebrated Library Lovers' Day by setting up 'blind dates' for their patrons... in book form!
Nagle College celebrated by wrapping books in brown paper which encouraged their students to try something new. They also gave out bookmarks and chocolates to students and staff.
Shellharbour City Libraries held 'A French Affair' themed event which involved a talk about the history of burlesque, performances by The Velvet Heist and a morning tea.
Wyong Shire Council celebrated Library Lovers' Day with beautiful crafts including craft tags with library quotes on them that double as bookmarks.
Yass Library celebrated Library Lovers' Day by asking their patrons to fill out a heart describing what they loved about the Yass Library. They also themed their storytime program 'I love libraries' in the surrounding weeks.
The City of Darwin Libraries displayed 'Borrow a Dinner Date' packages. We put together DVDs and cookbooks and tied them up with ribbon and displayed for people to borrow. The idea being that they should book some time with their loved ones and have a special evening with a dinner and a movie at home. We put together several genres with something to suit everyone: couples, friends, families, we even had a couple that were good for pets and their owners (Dog food cook book with Milo and Otis DVD). They had so much fun matching cook books to DVDs.
They also ran a competition alongside this that asked the customer to send us a photo of their dinner date and they could win a night's accommodation at a local hotel plus breakfast the next morning. The prize was donated by a local hotel. They ran the promotion for a few weeks prior to Library Lovers' Day and the competition closed on the Sunday after.
The winners sent in a very funny entry, they had borrowed the movie Kath and Kimderella and the Women's Weekly Cheap and Cheerful cookbook. The winners said it was such a thoughtful, fun, romantic and noice idea ... was definitely different. Unusual!
While couples throughout the world were celebrating Valentine’s Day, many students across the country have been sharing their love of books as part of this year’s Library Lover’s Day. In keeping with the theme, students and staff at Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier, South Australia were encouraged to enter a competition where they had to pick three characters from their favourite books and explain why they would invite them to afternoon tea.
It is known as Valentine’s Day across the globe, but around the Gympie Region in Queensland’s great South-East, 14 February is also now clearly and widely recognised as 'Library Lovers' Day'. As part of the festivities this year, Gympie Regional Libraries invited 'everyone who loves their library' to come and celebrate with a High Tea. On Facebook, through the local newspaper, and via Council’s website, library clients were asked to join library staff and Friends of the Library in the Gympie Library foyer from 10 to 11 am on Friday 14th February, for morning tea, coffee and cupcakes.
Throughout the day, chocolates were handed out and library staff assembled a special display of 'lucky dip' fiction and cookbooks for readers wanting to try something new. These items were wrapped in brown paper so that the title and author being loaned out was a complete mystery to the borrower. Many library members responded to the challenge, finding it a great way to discover a new author, or a completely different genre from their usual reading fare.
The highlight of the day was a celebration of those library borrowers who have faithfully remained members for 30 years or more. As a reward to these long-serving customers, all their names went into a draw for a literature-related prize which included a personal journal, a “Words of Wisdom” compendium, a Parker pen, a box of chocolates and a calendar.
The winner was a long standing Friend of the Library, who has been borrowing books in Gympie since 1989 and who had, in fact, predicted a win for herself that very morning. Perhaps it shows that everyone is a winner through having that vibrant, dynamic, public space and service that libraries provide for the community.
Mareeba Council had recently deamalgamated from another council which meant that many of the physical books had been divided leaving gaps in the library collection. Mareeba used Library Lovers' Day as a platform to encourage customers to submit 'requests for purchase' to help them re-stock the collection. Anyone who put in a request form became eligible to win a gift voucher to a local coffee shop.
The hospital library put on a morning tea for all the Rockhampton Hospital campus staff. Around thirty staff attended, including many who might not have normally come to the library service. Click here to see photos and a write up from the event.
Sunshine Coast Libraries celebrated Library Lovers’ Day with displays in libraries featuring books and DVDs with a love theme and ‘love notes’ from library users. A morning tea at Nambour Library was enjoyed by 50 customers and origami book marks were made. Coolum Beach Library offered customers a blind date with a book.
200 love notes were received across four branch libraries. Those who wrote a note went into a lucky draw to win a box of chocolates at Nambour, Kenilworth and Coolum Beach Libraries.
Here’s a sample of the notes:
- What’s not to love! It’s a whole world of discovery and opportunity
- The wonderful library staff can find even the most obscure books
- The staff are great, helpful and very friendly. Been very happy for wi-fi as well. Great collection of books I enjoy reading.
- Like xmas & birthdays, the library is full of unexpected and wonderful surprises
- Thanks guys (great work) The friendly staff and the great range of books +dvds and the free internet
- A treasure house of goodies to feed your mind
- I love the atmosphere and to relax. Nice people. My daughter loves it
- Great help & service, lovely & friendly
- Baby Rhyme Time – entertaining for the babies and free!!
- I love the whole library experience. From the minute you walk in everything is just right.
- I can have lunch with Margaret Fulton 641.5686, a glass of wine with James Halliday 641.22, a facial with Josephine 646.72, travel to a wild places 919.31, imagine life as Lauren Bacall 791.43, teach myself Maori 499.442 all while making a bracelet 745.9542. And, that’s all in one day. I adore my Coolum Library. XXX
- We love the library and the friendly staff, Toddler Tales and the early introduction of literacy has given my grandchildren a love for books, reading and learning.
- Thanks! Years ago, the Coolum Library was my place for solace during a chaotic time ….a place where I could breathe! The staff have always been wonderful and it is a special place
- Gold mine of information eg. Computers and of course books
- I am at my happiest at the Library
Library Lovers' Day was a resounding success at the Senior Library. Boys and girls (mainly middle secondary school age) were thrilled to go on a 'blind date' with a book. The event was a great way to get the students back into reading after the long summer break.
They photocopied the library barcodes of a good quality paperback and then wrapped and taped up the book in plain brown paper. On the outside of the parcel, they put a love your library sticker they created along with a library quote. The books were place on a display board. Those that checked out books were given chocolate hearts and wished luck on their 'date'. There were lots of coy giggles and one exclamation of, 'This is my first Date!'.
The Grove Library in Perth had a very successful event they called the 'Literary Love Feast'. The event had readings throughout it which were accompanied by a harpist and was enjoyed by 65 guests.
Fremantle City Library celebrated Library Lovers' Day with a full day of love and romance. Displays were created with romance and love themed books and Library Lovers' Day badges were also worn by all staff.
Our day started off with a panel of romance writing experts from the Romance Writers of Australia.Speakers Michelle Diener, Leah Ashton and Jennie Jones talked about the trials and tribulations of ‘getting published’ and gave an insight into the various paths to publishing. Participants enjoyed home-made cup cakes adorned with hearts and chocolates whilst enjoying this interesting, warm, open and frank discussion.
Next we were lucky enough to have the widely published writer Rachael Johns chatting about how she got started in writing and also a sneak peak at her newest book Outback Dreams with characters Faith and Monty navigating love in a sometimes challenging rural setting....again we were devouring more chocolates!
Lastly we had a new and emerging author Yvette Walker talking about her own challenges as a new writer trying to get published and her jubilation when it finally did happen. Her book, Letters to the End of Love is a moving tale of love and loss told through and intimate exchange of love letters.
We certainly could ‘feel the love’ in the Fremantle City Library!