Top teen author to visit Exeter Library for National Libraries Day

Posted on: 1 February 2016

One of the UK’s top teen authors will be visiting Devon’s flagship library to celebrate National Libraries Day.

Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of Fortune Cookie, Looking Glass Girl, The Chocolate Box Girls series, Dizzy, Driftwood, Indigo Blue, Scarlett, Sundae Girl, Lucky Star, Gingersnaps and Angel Cake, will be at Exeter Library on Saturday 6 February from 10.30am to meet readers, give a talk and sign copies of her book ‘Fortune Cookie’.

She has written more than twenty five books for teens and is a Sunday Times bestseller, having sold over one million copies in the UK alone. She was voted in the Richard and Judy Best Kids’ Book Ever chart and has totalled more than 2.7 million in sales worldwide. Cathy was also voted Queen of Teen in 2010 after thousands of girls worldwide nominated her as their favourite author.

A staunch supporter of libraries, Cathy has followed Devon County Council’s plans to safeguard the future of its libraries by setting up new independent public service mutual to deliver the service from April with interest.  She said:

Cathy Cassidy“I’m thrilled to be at Exeter Library on National Libraries Day.

“Libraries are not a luxury, they’re an essential, and yet government cuts are closing them all across the UK. At a time when one in three children do not own a book, when government initiatives to raise literacy levels are big news, how can we even think of closing libraries? It’s crazy. As a child, libraries were my only source of books and the reason I am an author today. Can we really mean to deny such opportunities to today’s children? Libraries are the heart of a community, opening doors, opening minds.

“I’m so pleased to hear how hard Devon County Council has worked to ensure libraries continue to provide excellent services for its communities and wish the new Libraries Unlimited public service mutual every success.

“Let’s stand up for our wonderful libraries and celebrate them – on National Libraries Day and every day!”

The celebrations don’t end there. Children aged 4 to 11, and their families, are invited to an afternoon of swashbuckling adventures with the Paddle Boat Theatre Company. They are running a sensory storytelling workshop at Exeter Library on Saturday 6 February at 2pm.

Both events are free, but places must be booked in advance by calling Exeter Library on 01392 384218 or emailing

Other exciting events happening in libraries across the County as part of National Libraries Week include

• Craft events for adults and children
• Coffee mornings
• Knit & natter
• Scrabble Club
• Colouring clubs for grown-ups
• Lego clubs
• Photography workshop
• IT and gadget help
• Code Clubs

Several libraries are also celebrating Harry Potter Book Night on 4 Feb which is part of National Libraries Week.

Cllr Roger CroadCouncillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the library service, said:

“National Libraries Day is about highlighting and celebrating the library service in the UK, and we have lots to celebrate in Devon, so I’m pleased that such a popular children’s author has chosen to visit our flagship library in Exeter.

“We’ve worked hard to safeguard the future of Devon’s library service by creating an independent public service mutual to run it. This means we not only save money, but also give the service new opportunities to grow and be sustainable, as well as allowing staff and the community a real say in how it is delivered in the future. I think that is something really worth celebrating!”

Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, the new independent public service mutual tasked with delivering Devon’s library service from 1 April, said:

ciara_eastell“We are thrilled to welcome Cathy Cassidy to Exeter Library on National Libraries Day and to have such a wide range of activities happening in our libraries that day. I encourage everyone to visit our libraries on the 6th February to find out about the wide range of services libraries now offer and to meet our staff who provide such a valuable and friendly service in their local community. We are looking forward to sustaining this service as Libraries Unlimited, the new organisation that will run Devon’s libraries from April.”

Check out what is going on it your local library online.

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