Minister congratulates Libraries NI and BBC NI on Book Week programme

Date published: 04 November 2016

Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA, has congratulated Libraries NI and BBC NI on the completion of their joint Book Week programme celebrating the pleasures and benefits of reading.

One of the key messages of the initiative is that books and reading are for everyone.

The Minister said: “Book Week NI is the first of a range of initiatives and activities that Libraries NI and BBC NI will be jointly taking forward over the next few years to support literacy and learning opportunities across the community.

“Literacy and learning skills are vital to improving the confidence and capability of individuals and the delivery of thriving and successful communities.”

The Minister added: “The Executive recognises the importance of libraries to our society and that is why back in August an additional £225,000 was secured to ensure that all libraries will be able to maintain their current opening hours.

“I and the Executive will continue to do all we can to support libraries and I congratulate Libraries NI and BBC NI on this important partnership.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Book Week NI ran from 31 October until 4 November 2016
  2. Book Week NI is supported by Libraries NI’s and BBC NI’s social media platforms throughout the week using the hashtag #bookweekni
  3. The Minister for Communities has responsibility for libraries.
  4. Follow us on Twitter @CommunitiesNI
  5. For media enquiries please contact the DfC Press Office on 028 9082 3509 or email For out of hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974 383 and your call will be returned.

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