Libraries open up new chapter to community

Author Dan Worsley visits Moor Park Library for National Library Day
Author Dan Worsley visits Moor Park Library for National Library Day
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Far from being quiet places to read, Blackpool libraries were bustling with activities to mark National Libraries Day.

From book signings to playing game boards, there were events for all ages at Central Library and Moor Park Library in Bispham to celebrate the “hub of our community”.

National libraries day in Blackpool.  Author Dan Worsley visits Moor Park Library.  He is pictured with Rebecca and Sean Williams.

National libraries day in Blackpool. Author Dan Worsley visits Moor Park Library. He is pictured with Rebecca and Sean Williams.

Sessions held at Central Library on Saturday included exploring family history, the Dr Who Club, a jobs and skills club to help people develop a skill online and board games.

Dan Worsley, a local author who runs workshops and gives assemblies in schools about his transformation from teacher to storyteller, was at Moor Park Library to talk about writing his book, Impossible Tales.

Mr Worsley, who had been a teacher for 15 years at Layton Primary School, became a professional storyteller after deciding on a career change in 2013.

He said: “The children were very excited and it was lovely to meet them. The point of me writing the book was to encourage children to read and achieve a dream. Hopefully it will encourage children to achieve their dreams if they’ve met a local lad who has written a book rather than someone on tv.

National libraries day in Blackpool.  Pictured are Pam Hampton, Adele De Vito, Sue Kennedy and Clancy Mason from Central library.

National libraries day in Blackpool. Pictured are Pam Hampton, Adele De Vito, Sue Kennedy and Clancy Mason from Central library.

“Some of the children had already bought copies and brought them in for me to sign. Others bought them on the day. Libraries provide an excellent service for the local community and we should do all we can to support them.

“We are lucky our local libraries engage all age groups with not only books, but also computer services, ebooks and groups.”

National Libraries Day aims to get people into their local libraries to use the facilities on offer.

Coun Christine Wright, portfolio holder for culture and heritage, said: “Libraries are the hub of our community.

National libraries day in Blackpool.  Author Dan Worsley visits Moor Park Library.  He is pictured with Hannah and Hope Hunter.

National libraries day in Blackpool. Author Dan Worsley visits Moor Park Library. He is pictured with Hannah and Hope Hunter.

“As a council we have protected libraries because we realise they are important and mean so much to so many people.”