Explore the great outdoors for Staffordshire Day with help from your local library


People are invited to join their local library to find out about the great places to explore in the county as part of the Staffordshire Day celebrations.

Staffordshire Day is taking place on Sunday 1 May and is when the county comes together to share its pride and celebrate all that’s great about the county.

This year’s theme is the great outdoors and the county’s 43 libraries are standing by with a treasure chest of resources, books, guides and displays to help highlight the best places to visit.

Local history books, maps for walking and discovering the countryside along with walking guides and other books about Staffordshire - from history, folklore and ghosts to true crime are being made available.

Many libraries will also be running their own activities and have displays in the run up to the celebration with information on local beauty spots and places of interest.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Staffordshire County Council said: “We’re all looking forward to celebrating our amazing countryside as part of this year’s Staffordshire Day celebrations and it’s great that libraries are joining in.

“We’re an absolutely beautiful county with so much on offer. With national treasures like Cannock Chase, the Peak District, part of The National Forest and numerous country parks and green spaces, we have so much to explore and be proud of. Libraries will have all sorts of resources, books, guides and maps on many of these wonderful places, so a trip to your local library could set you off on your adventures.

“As in previous years, we want everyone to join in the celebrations so make sure the date is in your diary - 1 May and take part in some of the many events running over the week.”

At Perton library, people are invited to join staff and volunteers for a healthy eight mile walk from the library to discover the great outdoors on Staffordshire Day. The walk will take place from 10am-2pm and people can book and find out more by contacting 01902 506050.

Libraries in the Cannock Chase and Newcastle area are encouraging people to take part in a fantastic art project. Cannock Chase Cultural Education Partnership and Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Cultural Education Partnership have teamed up with Staffordshire screen print and collage master, Iain Perry. Iain has created a simple step-by-step guide to creating your own collages. This fun guide and template for Children and Young People will be available to download from www.cannockchasecep.co.uk/resources on Staffordshire Day. Libraries are ready to receive entries that they will display with a selection which are also going on display at the Museum of Cannock Chase in July.

People can keep up to date with Staffordshire Day events and activities at www.enjoystaffordshire.com or see what’s on at Staffordshire libraries by following them on social media.

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