DISTRICT libraries are staging a special celebration.

Bradford Council’s Libraries Service has organised a programme of online events and activities to mark national Libraries Week, which begins on Monday, October 5.

Top authors from a range of genres are involved in the initiative, which includes free theatre sessions, small-animal workshops and interactive story times for under-fives.

Talks will be given by crime author AA Dhand, romance novelist Milly Johnson and poet and stand-up comedian Kate Fox.

Some events are ticketed and places need to be booked in advance.

There will also be competitions.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, the council’s executive member for healthy people and places, says: “The district’s libraries have some great services to offer and we’re excited to see these highlighted through the events and activities during Libraries Week this year.

“Our libraries are open for order and collect by phone, email or online, giving everyone the opportunity to access free books and reading materials ­– and this is definitely something to celebrate.”

For details of the programme, visit bradford.gov.uk/libraries/services-in-our-libraries/libraries-week-2020.