Meet Hugless Douglas at Houghton Regis Library

A very special visitor will be heading to Central Bedfordshire Council’s libraries to celebrate National Libraries Day on February 8.

Hugless Douglas, the bear in David Melling’s popular picture books, will be calling in on story and craft sessions at Biggleswade, Flitwick and Houghton Regis libraries hoping to meet new friends.

There are also other special events at a library near you:

At Dunstable Library, staff will be hoisting the skull and crossbones in the children’s library, so get your pirate costumes at the ready.

There will be craft activities and stories, and adults can relax and join in an informal ‘read and recommend ‘session over coffee, and hear about other events planned in Dunstable.

Leighton Buzzard library will be hunting for Wally in a Where’s Wally themed craft events. Why not join them?

At Sandy and Toddington Libraries, characters from Fairy Tales will be sharing the magic of fairytales. There will also be fabulous fairy themed colouring and the crafts, including making a magic wand.

Quiz fans should head for Ampthill, Potton and Stotfold libraries where there will be a series of brain-teasing questions for children and adults. Collect a quiz sheet for the chance to win a prize!

The team at Barton Library are making Top Secret plans for National Libraries Day, but it’s sure to be lots of fun! Look out for further details…

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Services, said: “We love our libraries and we know residents do too which is why we’ve invested in them so heavily.

“National Libraries Day should be fantastic because we’ve got such a packed series of events. Go along and see how many events we run. Our libraries are about more than just books - they offer a great opportunity to keep the kids occupied and meet new friends.”

For the full programme of all the National Libraries Day events, ask at your local library or check on the Virtual Library website at