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National Libraries Day celebrated today

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Book lovers are celebrating National Libraries Day Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

Book lovers across London are celebrating National Libraries Day today, a culmination of a weeks worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK.

It follows the news Hillingdon Council is investing in all 17 of the borough's libraries by rebuilt or refurbishing them while local supporters managed to save Friern Barnet Library just last week.

The Reading Agency has announced a new wave of author and publisher support for libraries as the service prepares to celebrate National Libraries Day with Paul McKenna visiting Islington Library later this month.

This year's Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to read for pleasure, will be supported by illustrator Chris Riddell. The theme for this year's event, now in its 15th year, is "Creepy House", and will be spread through libraries across the country.

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