New chapter for Leeds Library Festival

Rhian Isaac, collections manager at Leeds Central Library, holding a 15th Century Illuminated manuscript.

Rhian Isaac, collections manager at Leeds Central Library, holding a 15th Century Illuminated manuscript.

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Jedi Knights, gaming fans and bookworms are set to turn over a new leaf with the return of the Leeds Library Festival.

The second annual literary celebration is once again set to “stamp out the shhh” across the city from today.

Boasting over 80 events in total, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of diverse and fun activities and events at a number of council libraries as part of a special programme set to be held from today until Sunday, February 21.

On offer will include author events, workshops, talks, performances, special story times, crafting and games including Minecraft, which will offer something to every one of all ages and interests.

For the first time, the festival will also include events at the historical independent subscription library, The Leeds Library and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery at the University of Leeds.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said: “The reception that we received from so many people to the first Leeds Library Festival was absolutely fantastic.

“We are really looking to forward to this year’s event beginning this weekend, which judging by the programme, promises to be even better.

“Many of our council libraries across the city will again be participating.”

Among the events for the festival will include a Wookie Wednesday art and craft session at Farsley Library on Wednesday, February 17.

Beer lovers are also in for a treat with a special appearance from ale-enthusiast Pete Bunten who will be exploring the connection between beer and books at Farsley Library on Friday, February 19.

For a full programme of events from across the city visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/libraryfest.