Dickens of a day at the library!

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MANSFIELD’S new-look main library - and the library at Kirkby - are among libraries in the county are set to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens on 7th February.

In the run-up to the milestone and throughout February, there are a range of events planned at libraries across the county, organised by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Sheelagh Gallagher, literature and reading development officer at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Dickens still captivates audiences because his literature transcends class and bridges generations. He also wrote his novels in such a style that every chapter ended with a cliff-hanger, much like today’s soap operas.

“Even people who have not read the books may have seen the films or are at least aware of some of Dickens’ great works. We hope this celebration of events in Nottinghamshire can help inspire others to read more about Dickens and enjoy his novels.”

Headlining the celebrations, and to co-incide with National Libraries Day, will be a Dickens Family Day from 10am to 3pm at Mansfield Library on Saturday.

At the event, an audience at Mansfield Library will get to meet ‘Mr Dickens in person’ when local writer, poet and performer Mike Wilson will be dressing in character.

There will be a talk for adults with events for children around the library, followed by a reading for everyone, but which will particularly appeal to children.

Part of the event is the first public show in the new theatre at the library, a free showing of ‘Oliver’.

Some of the other events in the area include:

l 7th February - Southwell Library, 7.30pm,‘Happy Birthday Mr Dickens’, featuring a performance from a local theatre group.

l 9th February - Kirkby Library, 7.30pm, presentation and readings with emphasis on reading passages and giving some context.