Derbyshire celebrates National Libraries Week

Whatson in the area
Whatson in the area

There are free events for all the family in Derbyshire County Council libraries to mark National Libraries Week in February.

The two day celebration takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February.

First up on the Friday is a talk by author HL Dennis at Duffield library.

Hellen is the author of the acclaimed ‘code breaker’ series of books for children. These exciting adventure stories are set at the World War II secret code cracking station at Bletchley Park. She will also give her ‘Code Breaker’ talk at Alfreton, Heanor and Ilkeston on the Saturday.

Friday night is ‘Big Night Out’ at Buxton library with an event for 11–16 year olds. It includes free food and drink, funky music, face painting, giant bouncy castle, Mariokart Wii challenge, a treasure hunt and a puppet workshop.

For children of five years or more there will be piratical fun with author and illustrator Jonathan Emmett at the ‘Here be Monsters’ event, so named after his latest book. There are two chances to see him on Saturday morning at Brimington Library or catch him later at Chesterfield Library that afternoon,

And finally the whole family can join a family writing workshop at either New Mills library on Saturday morning or Glossop library that afternoon. Derbyshire poet laureate, Helen Mort, will be helping youngsters to use their favourite books to create some stories of their own.

For more information call into your local library or visit