Library Lovers' Day 2015 was a fantastic year, with libraries from across Australia sharing the #librarylove. It was wonderful to see the engagement on social media from instagram photos, Facebook posts and clever tweets to stories and images filling our inbox with great ideas and images of how you spent the day. It's never too late to send your stories and images in, we'd love to hear what you got up to. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
McDonald Park School
The students at McDonald Park School spent a week focussing on loving libraries. They did all sorts of activities including taking a virtual tour through the State Library of Victoria, created a display of red books with a sign that read 'Red any good books lately?', wrote about their favourite book on red hearts and slipped them into the books, and wrapped up books in brown paper string and wrote age levels and clues on the wrapping. Students then had a chance to have a 'blind date with a book'.
City of Charles Sturt
The City of Charles Sturt Library ran a book review competition running in each of their 4 branches. 'Write a review and get a delicious chocolate heart and be in the running to win a hamper of a Library Lover Keepcup, herbal tea, author signed book and other delicious goodies.
Mount Isa City Library
Every adult borrower between 9-14 February 2015 went in a prize draw to win a special Romantic Hamper filled with chocolates, candles, bath oils, strawberry seeds and lovely cookbooks! Patrons could also borrow a surprise wrapped book with our blind Date with a Book program. Both of these were promoted with a loved-up display in the library foyer, replete with red and white bunting, flowers, balloons, and a selection of romantic Adult Fiction. Patrons were also encouraged to use the #librarylove hashtag to share their love of libraries and to connect with other library users.
During their storytelling for Library Lovers Week over 80 children, parents and carers enjoyed romantic fairy-tale themed stories and songs. Many stayed on to make heart crowns and Cute Caterpillars during a special Library Lovers Week craft session.
On Library Lovers Day, the library invited its VIPs and the Mayor Mr. Tony McGrady to a special presentation ceremony celebrating our newest VIP members. The upstairs study area was decorated in an explosion of pink and red, and children and adults alike enjoyed chocolate cake and a light morning tea. Following the ceremony, all library patrons and visitors were invited to join in on the celebrations.
Ivanhoe Grammar School
The Ivanhoe Grammar School in Victoria celebrated all month long for Library Lovers' Day. Activities that took place included
- Blind date with a book
- Tell us why you love the library
- Who is your book crush?
- Chocolate hearts in staff pigeon holes
- Making heart-shaped origami bookmarks
- Daily staff quiz
- Valentines Day episodes of The Simpsons nad Mr Bean at lunchtime for students
Year 9 students at Emmanuel College visited the AcAuley LRC to enjoy morning tea and catch up on some of the new books that have just arrived at Emmanuel.
Melbourne Library Service
Library staff posed for photos with books they love. They used these fantastic posters as promotional signage and on their website. They also compiled a list of books they love and made them available via a Library Thing for Libraries shelf on their website. They also encouraged a social media campaign, where their patrons nominated books they were having a love affair with. Great work guys!
LINC Tasmania celebrated Library Lovers' Day and had a wonderful feature in The Advocate. See here.