Minister for Libraries celebrates Libraries Week

Fri, 13/10/2017

Pimlico Library celebrated Libraries Week with the World of Possibilities festival, a free series of artistic activities in public libraries held to celebrate the wide range of activities and opportunities available in libraries.

The Minister for Libraries, John Glen, attended the event and experienced an afternoon of poetry and performance workshops for local pupils with poet Tommy Sissons and author Smriti Prasadam-Halls on Thursday 12 October. The day was also attended by Cllr Jacqui Wilkinson, Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community.

Smriti Prasadam-Halls gave readings from extracts of her book T-Veg, about a vegetarian dinosaur, to primary school pupils from Pimlico Library. She is the author of over 30 picture books, early readers and activity books for children. Her books have been published in 25 languages and her most recent book is The Ways of the Wolf, which was published in October 2017.

Tommy Sissons read poems from his book Goodnight Son and hosted a Q&A session with secondary school pupils on writing and being a poet. He has written for the BBC and Channel 4, and is the 2014 Slambassadors national slam champion, a finalist in the 2014 Roundhouse Poetry Slam, and a two-time regional Hammer and Tongue slam champion.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, said: “Libraries play a vital role in our communities and we were proud to welcome John Glen to Pimlico Library, as well as our inspiring guests Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Tommy Sissons, to celebrate National Libraries Week. We hope this fantastic day inspired all the pupils from Pimlico Library, and encourages people of all ages come to try fantastic range of things that is on offer in their local library.”

John Glen said: "Libraries are incredible community resources. As well as encouraging a love of reading, they support research, offer free wifi and computer access, and enable people to live happier and healthier lives. Pimlico is a fantastic example of a modern library service, working closely with the local community. I hope National Libraries Week encourages more people to visit one of London’s many libraries and see the wonderful range of cultural activities on offer."

Libraries Week is the annual UK-wide showcase of the best that UK libraries have, and encourages people of all ages to discover their library on the second week of October.

Further information on Libraries Week can be found online at

Last updated: 24 October 2017
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