"Book lovers never go to bed alone"
Mosman Library’s Big Day In 2012 turned out to be a big day out for the many Mosman residents who joined in the celebrations on Saturday. The resounding success of last year’s Library and Information Week’s Big Day In gave us good reason for a repeat performance and we’re glad we did because this year’s festivities proved to be bigger and better than ever. Over 800 people came through the doors and the library was filled all day with the laughter and lively chatter of both kids and adults (not a shoosh to be heard!). The National Year of Reading 2012 gave the library even more grounds for merriment and served as the inspiration for many of the events we had on the day.
When the doors opened at 10am the milling crowd couldn’t wait to get through the doors to secure themselves a bargain at the library book sale. Before long our in- house barista was set up and the library was filled with the sumptuous aroma of brewing coffee…yum!!! Free cappuccinos and hot chocolates proved to be big hit with the adults as were the mini cupcakes each with The National Year of Reading logo on top. To stimulate the literary minded we ran some book and reading competitions for borrowers to participate in whilst enjoying their coffees. Our winners got to take home a fantastic prize pack each simply for matching the authors and characters with the titles. Well done book lovers!!!
And the kids certainly didn’t miss out on an awesome day. In the Children’s’ Library we had a face painter who turned our tots into their favourite characters as well as the wonderful performer Katrina Hilton, who had the kids enthralled with her madcap stories and antics. Teens too old and too cool for the entertainer were sent on a scavenger hunt which took them all around the library searching for cryptic clues to solve the literary mystery.
Throughout the day we ran lucky door raffles and all new members were entered into our “win an e-book reader” competition. Raffle prize winners left with hampers packed with a range of treats and book vouchers, and for Diane Thoe it was more than just books in the library bag following her first auspicious visit to Mosman Library. Winning a fabulous new e-book reader means our lucky winner can download from Overdrive the library’s very own e-book supplier delivering free e-books straight to your e-reader.
Of course this wonderful celebration of reading and libraries would not have been possible without the support of our faithful library patrons. As librarians our primary aim is to keep the love of libraries alive and so being able to give something extra to our supporters is a real delight. And if we can recruit some new members along the way that’s pretty good too!
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