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Meet a hawk at Swindon library open day

Swindon Advertiser: BOOK HUNTER Phil Voller will bring a hawk to Central Llibrary BOOK HUNTER Phil Voller will bring a hawk to Central Llibrary

TREASURE hunts, an acoustic music session and a chance to meet a hawk are among the activities at Swindon’s libraries, to mark National Libraries Day.

The celebration of libraries is on Saturday, when a number of Swindon’s libraries plan to highlight their services to the public.

On the day, all new library members will be entered into a draw to win a family ticket to see Jane Eyre at the Arts Centre on February 18.

The Central Library will welcome people with a glass of mulled wine and guided tours of the library will take place for new members. A children’s treasure hunt and a noon acoustic music session have also been organised.

Phil Voller, of Wings over Wiltshire falconry centre, will bring in one of his hawks, following children’s story time at 11.30am.

A display about the history of Swindon’s libraries will be available, courtesy of the library’s Local Studies staff.

Covingham library will ask children and adults to share why they love libraries, so staff can create a display of favourite books.

Highworth Library will launch a competition to design a book cover, which will run all month, with a prize donated by the Friends of Highworth Library.

Anyone joining Liden Library in February will be entered into a prize draw, with adult winners treated to a meal for two at the Liden Arms and children getting craft materials.

North Swindon Library will let people share their love of the library by creating a heart-themed display. Anyone interested in being a friend of the library should visit on the day.

A slideshow of old photographs of Penhill and the surrounding area will be shown at Penhill Library and staff will talk about the history of Swindon. People are also being encouraged to bring their photographs and share town memories.

For details of events, call local libraries. Details are at www.swindon.gov.uk/libraries

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