AROUND 230 million visits were made to libraries across Britain in 2013 and nearly 900,000 visits were made to Thurrock Council’s libraries in 2014-15.
These numbers are bigger than visits to other public places and beats visits to football matches, cinemas, and churches.
National Libraries Day is celebrated on Saturday, 6 February, but between now and then libraries across the borough are encouraging everyone to take a selfie in their library with their favourite book or a selfie showing what they love about their library.
Special Library Day posters are also available from the borough’s libraries to write what you love, and children under 16 are being encouraged to make a mask, decorate it, and write what they love about their library.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council and portfolio holder for libraries, said: “Libraries are close to my heart and anything that encourages people to visit one of our nine libraries is a great idea.
“Pop in to take a selfie, stay to borrow a book, a CD, a DVD or even to get online.”
People visiting the South Ockendon Centre have already sent in some of their selfies which appear on twitter @thurrocklibrary.
Pictures can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweeted to @thurrocklibrary and masks can be handed in to the library to be displayed.
Pictures and selfies sent in could be used in council and library publicity and permission needs to be granted by the holder or parent/carer for under-16s.