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BARBICAN LIFE


So what can we look forward to in 2012? • The Dickens bicentenary will be celebrated with a quiz and there will be events for adults and children throughout the year.


• 30 years of the Barbican Library in April. • The Barbican children's library will be launching a reading and literacy programme and recruiting volunteers to help.


• World Book Day on 4 March. • Summer Reading Challenge. • National Libraries Day on 4 February. • The Christmas Fayre in December. • Regular programme of library events and activities for all ages.


up in the Barbican. Footfall was also up - with over 324,000 visits a year.


But increasingly, the Barbican library is also being visited remotely with members downloading music and audio books as well as accessing databases on line. So is this the future? Will we all be downloading e-books and films remotely and never visiting the library?


Carol believes there will continue to be huge growth in the demand for electronic services - the library will soon be offering electronic downloads of books for e-readers. It already offers downloads of audio books and language courses.


But she also forecasts that if libraries stay relevant to all their communities, they will increasingly become the heart of community life, providing a wide range of services with a wide variety of partners. For example, we may see more healthcare initiatives (the Barbican library is already hosting health check ups in conjunction with the NHS) - reading groups to provide support for mental health therapies - volunteers helping with children's' reading programmes - advice sessions on housing or employment issues.


Carol is also positive about City support for the Libraries. The new combined library, housing office and community centre that replaces Camomile Street is opening this year. And Carol is confident that opening hours and services will not be cut in 2012. If you feel strongly about saving public libraries in general, the Friends of the Barbican Library will be collecting signatures for the WI Love Your Libraries campaign on National Libraries Day, 4 February in the Barbican Library or you can sign the e-petition on the WI website www.thewi.org.uk


Sarah Hudson is Chair of The Friends of the Barbican Library - a group of volunteers who support the Library staff with recruiting new members, helping at events and fundraising to support the Library's events programme. If you would like to join the Friends - its free - please phone 020 7628 5377 or leave your contact details at the Library enquiry desk.


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