Feb 14 2013 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
national library day
BOOKWORMS joined together to celebrate National Libraries Day in Harrow and Brent.
Events took place across both boroughs on Saturday and the Friends of Preston Library were pleased to hold celebrations in their former library building, which was one of six to be closed by Brent Council in October 2011.
More than 150 adults and children filled the rooms which are now used by Preston Manor Primary School as overflow classrooms to meet the demand for places.
Pakistani author Saman Shamsie launched her children’s book, The Adventures of the Slothful Slough-off, and many people gave readings of other popular books. There was also music, singing, dancing and art activities.
A cake stall was held to celebrate the national day at the Islamic Human Rights Commission’s book shop in Preston Road, Wembley.
In Harrow, a dentist-themed event was held at Wealdstone Library, High Street, with dads and their children arriving for storytelling activities in fancy dress. The service proves to be well used as in Harrow last year, more than 1.5million books were loaned. The most popular adult book was Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship, while for children it was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney.