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Published 23rd Jan 2012

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Middlesbrough's libraries are throwing open their doors to mark National Libraries Day on Saturday, February 4.

The aim of the celebration of libraries up and down the country is to encourage people to visit their local libraries to find out what’s on offer.

In Middlesbrough the build-up to the big day is being marked with a special event on Monday, January 30.

Tom Palmer, author of the popular children’s series, Football Academy and Foul Play will be visiting Grove Hill, North Ormesby and Berwick Hills Libraries with more than 200 children expected to attend.

He runs his popular football reading game across the UK – it’s part football quiz and part penalty shoot-out featuring a large inflatable goal and a library friendly ball.

Tom also speaks about being a reluctant reader and encourages children to read and use the library through their enthusiasm for football. 

For more information on his work, visit

And there’s a special prize up for grabs for the winners of a competition open to library users of all ages.

All they have to do is write, in fewer than 500 words, what their library means to them.

The competition is in four age categories, 0-4, 5-12, 13-16 and 17-100, with entries closing on Monday, January 30.

The winning efforts will receive a unique unrestricted tour of the 100-year-old Central Library on National Libraries Day itself featuring tea and cakes in the Reference Library, access to the non-public historic collection, a goody bag – and of course a chance to take some books home.

How to enter

Entries, with contact details, can be handed in at their local library or sent by email to

Useful links

Tom Palmer's work

Middlesbrough Libraries

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