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Suffolk Libraries Day is coming!

Suffolk Libraries is gearing up for its big day of fundraising events across the county’s libraries.

Suffolk Libraries Day takes place on Saturday 23 March and libraries across Suffolk are hosting events and activities to raise money to support the vital work of the organisation in nurturing children’s literacy, tackling isolation and promoting wellbeing.

This year many libraries are organising daisy and spring-themed events to tie in with Suffolk Libraries’ new fundraising campaign, Make a Difference With a Daisy.

Suffolk Libraries Day has been running since 2019 and has so far raised over £50,000 to support Suffolk Libraries work in the community.

Bruce Leeke, CEO of Suffolk Libraries, said:

“Suffolk Libraries Day is our BIG annual fundraiser. It's also a great opportunity to visit your local library to enjoy the kaleidoscope of services, activities and events on offer. It’s a vital day in our calendar as the money we raise really does make a difference at the heart of your local community ultimately making Suffolk an even better place to live. Please do check out what’s on offer – it’s a perfect time to visit your local library!”

All fundraising events and activities can be found on the Suffolk Libraries website and include the following. (All events are on Suffolk Libraries Day – Saturday 23 March unless stated):

An author talk with C.L. Miller at Thurston

We’ll be joined by debut crime author C.L. Miller for a special Suffolk Libraries Day author talk at Cavendish Hall in Thurston at 2.30PM.

C.L. Miller will be talking to us about her latest novel, ‘The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder’, a cosy-crime novel set in Suffolk which has been called “a bold, bright and delightful jaunt back to the golden age of detective fiction” by fellow author Janice Hallett.

Tickets are £5.00 each and are available to book online.

Maggie’s sponsored walk from Kesgrave

Maggie Lusher from Kesgrave Library is undertaking a walking challenge from her own library and taking in the six Ipswich libraries and back to Kesgrave. A total of 16 and a half miles! You can find out more and sponsor Maggie via our website.

Pedalling for pounds at Bury Library

Staff at Bury St Edmunds Library are taking on a challenge to cycle the equivalent of 333 miles on their static bike in the foyer, which is the distance between all of Suffolk’s libraries. Anyone visiting the library is welcome to join in and add some miles to the exercise bike and make a donation!

Art Exhibition at Haverhill Library

Visit Haverhill Library any time during opening hours up until Saturday 30 March to view a fantastic exhibition of art from Haverhill Art Group. All art pieces will be available to purchase and collected at the end of the exhibition.

Maureen’s Reading Challenge

Maureen, manager at Stradbroke Library, is taking on a challenge to read her height in books. Maureen is 5ft 2in, which works out at around 18,000 pages! You can donate to support Maureen’s challenge online via Gofundme.

Book Hunt Trail around Stradbroke

Maureen has also organised a book hunt! Search for book characters hidden in the windows of local shops and community buildings for your chance to win a prize. £1 per trail map, available to pick up from Stradbroke Library. The competition is open any time up until Saturday 23 March, where there’ll also be a celebration event with refreshments and activities from 2PM to 4PM.

Toddle Sponsored Walk around Moreton Hall

Take part or donate to support a sponsored walk with toddlers and parents from Moreton Hall Library’s regular Wordplay group on Saturday 23 March. There’ll be a picnic available, so feel free to bring along snacks and a blanket! You can pick up a sponsorship form from Moreton Hall Library.

Luxury Hamper Raffle at Lavenham Library

Fancy winning a hamper full of local luxury treats? Pick up a raffle ticket from Lavenham Library for your chance to win – only £1 per ticket! Items have been kindly donated from local businesses and the Friends of Lavenham Library, including Easter eggs and chocolates, wine and luxury tea bags.

White Horse Custom & Classic Charity Bike Show in Sudbury

Next month Glemsford Library are also taking part in a charity bike show at TTT Motorcycles in Sudbury on Sunday 7 April from 10AM to 2PM. Entry is £3.00 per person (free for children) and the event includes live music, food, raffle and the chance to see some classic bikes up close!

A summary of other local library events: