100 words on Libraries

Libraries across the UK will be celebrating National Libraries Day on Saturday 4 February 2012 with a range of events for library users and supporters to enjoy.

The day is a celebration of the work done in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries to promote learning, literacy and the enjoyment of reading to all.  It is supported by a range of twenty-five organisationsincluding the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, the Reading Agency, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, library campaigners and publishers.

National Libraries Day is a great reason to visit the library – whether it’s for the first time or you go every week. National Libraries Day want as many people as possible to discover something new about their local library and sign up for some of the great opportunities on offer. Even if people can’t make it to their library, they can still get access to a range of services through library websites.

To celebrate National Libraries Day on Literature for Lads I have asked a number of authors (and a few friends!) to write 100 words on Libraries. Each contribution is different but all contain reference to libraries and why they are important either to the individual or society in general. Among the many contributors are Alan Bissett, Nicola Morgan, Gillian Phillip and Jonathan Meres.  

There will be new contributions posted each day so please do check back regularly.  Todays 100 words on Libraries come from authors Nicola Morgan and Alan Bissett.

Alan Bissett

“Some of the happiest times of my childhood were spent in libraries, discovering new books, losing myself in worlds, being surrounded by peace and calm.  My lifelong love of reading and writing was nurtured in those spaces.  As a student I appreciated libraries as somewhere to go to disappear out of the world, focus, and open up headspace that the world often denies us.  As the Manic Street Preachers once sang: “Libraries gave us power.”

Nicola Morgan


“Books, wall to wall, floor to ceiling, free, shared. Good for readers, good for writers. Reams and rooms of goodness. And badness. Delicious badness. Edgy, risky, stretching, mind-opening, mind-blowing-wide-opening, eye-stretching, heart-singing. Let yourself go. Don’t let them go.”

For more information and to find out what is happening in your area for National Libraries day visit the National Libraries Day Website

You can also follow National Libraries Day on Twitter @NatLibrariesDay and keep in touch with the latest events with hashtag #NLD12