"Book lovers never go to bed alone"
At Mosman Library we love a party so what better way to celebrate Library Lovers Day than to throw one of our very own. And this year February 14 was a double celebration as libraries around the country launched the National Year of Reading 2012. Having had a successful party for our book clubs a couple of years ago we decided it was high time for another one but this time opened the invitation to not only book club members but anyone who wanted to join in the celebrations. Preparations began in earnest as we organised games, party food, drinks, cup cakes, and lucky door prizes. When Library Lovers Day finally rolled around staff were all prepared for a fun filled day. Throughout the day staff encouraged borrowers to enter our ‘book that changed your life?’ competition for a chance to win a fantastic hamper packed with chocolates, wine and book vouchers as well as offering e-book reader demonstrations and free chocolates.
As the afternoon rolled into evening out came the wine and nibbles and the celebrations really kicked in. Once our book club members arrived the library was quickly filled with the lively chatter of book lovers. Members were happy mingling and chatting amongst themselves, the staff and other library patrons whilst enjoying a variety of delicious finger food. We even managed to recruit a new book club member!. After the excitment of the lucky door prizes people began to take leave but not without expressing their thanks for a lovely evening. Overall our Library Lovers Day celebrations couldn’t have been better and it was also a perfect way to kick start The National Year of Reading 2012. As one of our members commented on the way out “Who needs a date on Valentine’s Day when you can party in the library….I even got to take home some books!” I couldn’t agree more.
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