Libraries Week and More – Medway Libraries


Libraries Week, 5-10 October

#LibrariesWeek is an annual celebration showcasing the nation’s much-loved libraries and their vital role in the UK’s book culture.

This year, Medway is celebrating with a social media #Readathon featuring author favourites including Peter James, Milly Johnson, John Lewis-Stempel, Matt Haig, Victoria Hislop, Ben Aaronovitch and Heather Morris. And for our younger readers, we’re being joined by Abi Elphinstone, Serena Patel and Laura Ellen Anderson (as well as Matt Haig of course).

Local Medway authors: Tim Parsons, Netsai Thurmer, Peter Cook, Julia Bettelheim, Mbeke Waseme and Irina Fridman are also supporting our celebration of reading.

Visit Medway Libraries Facebook page every day next week to hear how reading has inspired our bestselling favourites and locally grown talents to put pen to paper. They’ll also be sharing a little about their latest titles…

We’d love to hear about your favourite reads. So, get busy and add your comments to the #MedwayReadathon posts using the hashtag #LibrariesWeek and remember to head to to reserve titles and add book reviews to our library catalogue. To download titles, visit and

Make #LibrariesWeek the week you discover a new favourite read.

Free webinar


Wondering about the connection between Julius Caesar and Strood? Looking for your great-great aunt’s address? Or trying to find our who lived in your property in 1911?

Join our new series of free webinars on local and family history.

Our first webinar, How to use Dictionary of National Biography for your research, takes place on Tuesday, 20 October at 3pm. Please email us at [email protected] to book your place.

Registration closing date is Monday, 5 October.

Kids ebooks

Now the children are back to school, why not continue to stretch their imaginations – we have a great range of children’s books available at our libraries and online.

Need more support? Find out the 10 top tips for parents to support children to read.



Banned books

Some books we now stock in libraries were once banned, why not read one from our collections?

To download a title, using your library card and PIN, visit our website.

To reserve titles, visit:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookshops and libraries.

This year Banned Books Week is from 27 September to 3 October, with the theme of this year’s event: “Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!”

National Poetry Day

Join the celebration of #NationalPoetryDay on 1 October with the launch of the #Medway575 #Haiflu with Medway Libraries.

This collaborative poem was written by people across Medway, sharing their vision under lockdown. Watch it here.


Online Lego Club

Have you taken part in our online LEGO® Club yet?

If you like building brick creations, no matter how old you are, you can join in.

LEGO® club online challenges take place every Tuesday at 4pm on our Medway Libraries Facebook page. Find out more.


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