World Book Day

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 17th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 6th March 2014 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

What happens?

Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, we can send millions of book vouchers to children and young people (more than 14 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country).


They can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of EIGHT (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply).

How can you get involved?

Look out for the new downloadable resource packs coming soon and please visit our Resources section which is full of exciting and fun resources based on favourite books, brands, characters and authors.

It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.


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Manchester Central Library restoration

“The long-awaited £48m transformation of Manchester Central Library is now just six months from completion.

We were given an exclusive first look at how the restoration of the historic library – designed by E Vincent Harris and opened in 1934 – as it inches towards completion.

With its legions of workmen, dust and half-finished wooden structures everywhere, much of the place still looks as much like a building site as the future home to one of the country’s best stores of precious old books.

But look a little closer, and the grand vision of people like Neil MacInnes and Alan Garbutt – Manchester council‘s head of libraries and construction director respectively, two of the driving forces behind the six-year project – to create a library fit for the 21st century is slowly emerging.

This means more natural light, more air, more berths to sit down and read – and, beneath the magnificent stained glass of Shakespeare Hall, spaces for community groups and young artists to use.”


Abraham Moss Library


Crescent Road, Abraham Moss Centre, M8 5UF
0161 227 3777
Opening Times for Library

Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: closed

Bank holidays we are closed.

 Disabled Access
Regular Events

Tiny Tots and Toddler Time Monday 10.30-11.00am


Books for loan
Benefits Validation
Books for loan in a range of languages: Urdu, Somali
CDs for loan
Bollywood collection CDs & DVDs
Computing Facilities
Exhibition Space
Health Information Point
Internet Access
Language Courses for loan

There may be a charge for some services see fines and charges

Library catalogue
More about Libraries


Photos I took during my visit, the patterns can be used as inspiration for posters/promotional material.

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11 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future,” wrote Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, the ultimate book defenders’ manifesto. Dating back thousands of years, through Egyptian, Greek, Persian and Roman history, libraries have always served as bastions of civilization, protectors of free thought and breeding grounds of ideas. And throughout history, architects have designed libraries as vast and awe-inspiring as the miles of books they house. A new, lavish coffee-table book, Libraries, pays homage to 44 of these vaults of wisdom around the world. In these photos, spines of shelved books appear like ornate mosaics; labyrinthine stacks seem like architectural gestures.

“We, as architects, have a unique opportunity to design libraries which support new ways for people to meet, interact, and share knowledge,” architect Bjarne Hammer writes in the book’s forward. From the centuries-old Trinity College Dublin library, which bears striking resemblance to the Jedi Archives in Star Wars, to the ultra-modern Seattle Central Library, with its latticed metallic façade, these cathedrals of knowledge are varied in their outward designs, but serve the same vitally important end: to empower people by making books free and accessible.

This visual celebration of libraries past and present bodes well for their future–perhaps libraries will even outlive us all, as Jorge Luis Borges predicted in Labyrinths: “I suspect that the human species–the unique species–is about to be extinguished, but the Library will endure,” he wrote, “illuminated, solitary, infinite, perfectly motionless, equipped with precious volumes, useless, incorruptible, secret.”

Libraries is available from Roads Publishing here.


See the rest here.


When a person thinks of a library, they tend to think of, well, books. But for one library in Texas, that idea is so last century. It seems Texas just gets really creative with libraries, I guess. Now a new, bookless library has opened in the San Antonio, and so far it seems surprisingly popular. The library is on track to exceed 100,000 visitors in its first year. In fact, it can apparently be difficult for patrons to find an open iMac once the nearby high school lets out, and half of its e-readers (which each hold up to five books) are checked out at any given time.

Overall, this library, called BiblioTech, actually sounds pretty awesome — even if it is modeled after an Apple Store. But moving past the employee uniforms, the library is located in a economically depressed neighborhood where most families don’t have WiFi at home. The area also doesn’t have a bookstore, something residents have been vocal about in the past. Yet in spite of the hard economic times in the surrounding area, none of the e-readers BiblioTech has checked out have failed to be returned.

The biggest appeal of a library like this seems to be the price tag. Though the library purchases e-books for the same price as hard copy books, the library itself came at a fraction of the cost. Instead of needing to construct a building capable of holding thousands of physical books, the city was able to move the library into an old strip mall that they currently share with a county government building.

So is this the way of the future? Who knows. I find it hard to believe bookless libraries will become the norm within our lifetimes, but it’s hard to deny the benefits, especially for cities that can’t afford to construct a traditional library. BiblioTech is so far the world’s only public library with no books whatsoever, but they’ve already seen visitors from all over the world come to take a peek and maybe import the idea back home. So who knows what the future might bring.

For San Antonio, hopefully this library — the only one in the county — will prove a positive force for the community. San Antonio is the U.S.’s seventh largest city, but ranks 60th in literacy, according to the census. So even though the thought of a library with nothing but screens makes me personally kind of sad, it’s terrific that the city has been able to supply some much needed books and Internet – not to mention an awesome community space – all for just a fraction of the cost.

Good luck BiblioTech!



A new Pew Research study just came out with some surprising facts. Apparently, people love libraries. Like, even people who don’t go to libraries think that they’re really cool. Even more surprising, two thirds of Americans report they have high or medium engagement with their local libraries. And although old people are the ones leaving libraries their fortunes, 30 percent of library users are young people. So for all those civic-minded book lovers who see nothing but doom and gloom on our collective reading horizon, think again.

Other interesting facts: Most library-visiting people people are engaged in other aspects of their community, too — they’re more likely to socialize with friends and to know their neighbors. People who don’t use libraries, on the other hand, are more likely to exhibit “lower levels of technology use, fewer ties to their neighbors, lower feelings of personal efficacy, and less engagement with other cultural activities.”

So why are library-lovers so awesome? We have a few ideas.


They not only do stuff like set world records and give kids a place for an after school hang-out, they are also places where you can access truly staggering amounts of knowledge. Think about it: they employ people whose whole job is to make sure you not only can find what you’re looking for, but to help you sort through what you find. How awesome is that? Pretty darn awesome. And so it makes sense that this awesome-ness rubs off.


So you like reading? You like knowledge? Guess what, so do all these other people! And hey, you live in this town? So do all these other people! Libraries are community fixtures for a reason. They do everything from advertise community events to simply provide a space where book lovers can all be in the same room. And people who feel like they’re part of their community are more likely to do stuff like, you know, give back to their community. Libraries help make that happen.


It’s well established by now that books are super good for you. Reading makes peoplemore comfortable with ambiguity and paradox, helps them to think more deeply about issues, increases empathy, and can even make you less racist. So places that encourage people to read are bound to produce some awesome people.


Not only are libraries part of the community, they are places where everyone in the community can come and hang out. The typical library card is free, so it’s not like you have to pay to get in. Plus pretty much all libraries now provide plenty of computers and free internet access. Unlike many sources of knowledge (*cough* higher education *cough*), libraries give access to all people, free.


Maybe the most surprising data point to emerge from the Pew Research study is that most library users are technologically engaged. That may sound counter-intuitive, but the truth is that in the age of information, places where information can be organized and contextualized are key. Having a librarian help you research a topic is way different from searching blindly through a Google search results page. And that can make all the difference in how people perceive the world. In other words, library users are going to be smart about their technology, rather than becoming overwhelmed by unsorted information.


Because it just deserves repeating. (Just look at this one. And this one. And this one. Andall of these.)