Library News

#LovetoRead - October and November 2016

Reading is one of life's greatest joys and can awaken our imagination, inspire and challenge us - not just as children but throughout our lives. That's why the BBC has launched #LovetoRead, a campaign to celebrate reading. A comprehensive and exciting season of programmes is putting reading centre-stage this autumn. 

The #LovetoRead campaign aims to inspire audiences with programmes about great authors and their work, nationally, regionally and locally. Luton Libraries are joining with the BBC's campaign in October and November and will be celebrating our own love of reading on Facebook and Twitter

The #LovetoRead weekend takes place on 5 and 6 November.


Black History Month - October 2016

National Black History Month is a nationwide celebration of Black History, Arts and Culture throughout Britain.

The Black History Month will be an acknowledgement and celebration of diversity and the richness it brings to our society. It will announce and note the massive difference this has made to our lives.

Luton Libraries are working in partnership with NINE RED... (CIC) by presenting '50 Shades of Black', an Art Exhibition. This features the artwork of Naz Knight and explores what it means to be 'Black' in Britain. The exhibition can be seen at Luton Central Library until 26 October. 


Luton Libraries now offer eBooks and audiobooks - October 2016

Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere!

Luton Libraries have expanded its services with eBooks and digital audiobooks available to enjoy from the library’s website. Library card holders can borrow popular digital media anytime and anywhere.

Users may browse the library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and start reading, listening or watching on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets. Many titles can be enjoyed immediately on any device with an internet browser or downloaded into the free OverDrive app. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

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Festival of Learning - May and June 2016

Festival of Learning (Previously Adult Learners' Week) is a national celebration of lifelong learning. Luton Libraries will be celebrating with 'Have a Go' learning events taking place during May and June. Whether you already love to learn, would like to have a go and learn something new, or are involved in helping others learn, Festival of Learning is for you! Events include Creative Colouring, Hooked on Books and Knit and Natter. For more details click here

There will also be a Festival of Learning Fair at Luton Central Library on Monday 13 June from 11am where you can find out about local learning and training opportunities, take part in mini ‘taster sessions’ and enter a free prize draw to win a Kindle Fire. For more details click here


World Book Night - 23 April 2016 

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that took place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books.

We are pleased to announce that Luton Libraries was chosen as a World Book Night 2016 institutional giver.  The books were gifted to ICC Luton Education Centre.

Here is a message from Marcia (Tutor)

Our learners were very keen to talk about their books today. They have started to read and although they find some of the words difficult, they are keen to persevere. Perhaps the fact that someone thought enough about them to request books on their behalf has made all the difference.

Ann Cleeves' book "Too good to be true" is the favourite with "Love Poems" by Carol Ann Duffy coming in second. Five learners, so far, have completed surveys which have helped to improve their reading and develop their form filling skills.

Thank you so much for thinking of us and bringing World Book Night books to the group. Ann Cleeves dedicated her book to the library staff who made her an enthusiastic reader. Luton Libraries is playing their part in making more enthusiastic readers.


Luton Libraries Reading Ahead - Autumn 2015

Reading Ahead is an annual programme asks people to choose six reads (not just books but poems, articles or websites can count) and record their reading in a diary to get a certificate. It also encourages them to go online to share their reading choices and look for the next read. Reading Ahead is aimed at less confident readers and people who want to get back into reading. It is the new Six Book Challenge which reached 50,000 adults and young people across the UK through libraries, colleges, adult and community education, prisons and workplaces.  92% of survey respondents said they felt more confident about reading after taking part.

We are delighted to announce Luton Libraries Reading Ahead (mid) prize draw winners.

Kathleen Venant from Lewsey Library won the first prize a Kindle Fire.  

Reading Ahead makes you think about what you are reading

Mariam Abbas from Luton Central Library won the second prize a £25 Mall Voucher.  

Reading Ahead has been life changing for me! Since completing the programme, I have got back into reading and have read 18 books

May Orr from Farley Hill Community Centre won the third prize a £15 Mall Voucher.  

“I liked sharing conversations with other readers and finding out about different authors, gaining new experiences from others about books”