Larking Gowen is pleased to sponsor Suffolk Libraries Day 2021

Larking Gowen is pleased to sponsor Suffolk Libraries Day 2021

Friday, 12 March 2021

Suffolk Libraries Day – Suffolk Libraries’ annual fundraising event, will take place on Saturday 20 March.

The event aims to celebrate Suffolk Libraries’ impact across the county, and raise vital funds to support the many ways that the library service works to make a difference across the community.

This year there are three big events designed to build on the growing demand for online content, created by these challenging times. They continue Suffolk Libraries’ ambitious programme of activities designed to inspire, engage and entertain wherever you happen to be.

The first is an online book festival. This is taking place between Monday 15 March and Sunday 21 March, and the Not for Profit team at Larking Gowen is thrilled to support the event. It’ll feature some world-renowned international authors, including Bernard Cornwell, Anthony Horowitz, Kathy Reichs and Elly Griffiths. Eight authors have been lined up for online discussions and to answer your questions. This event is free of charge, although Suffolk Libraries would appreciate a donation when you sign up. You can see the full programme and book your ticket via

Giles Kerkham, Director of Not for Profit and Education, at Larking Gowen, said:

“Providing support to our local communities is a key part of our ethos as a business, which is why the Not for Profit team at  Larking Gowen are proud to support Suffolk Libraries Day. We love the work Suffolk Libraries do across the county, making reading accessible to everyone, and how they continually find new ways to make stories and lifelong learning fun. Literature may not have always loved accountants but, who knows, maybe they can find a fun accountancy portrayal for us. We hope the audience enjoy this year’s festival, which includes such a fantastic line up of guests!”

There’ll also be a new scarecrow trail designed to inspire people to create their own scarecrow, based on a character from a book, film, TV or the theatre. The scarecrows will then be placed in people’s gardens or windows, and logged on an online map, so people can have fun discovering them whilst out for their daily exercise. You can get involved by making a donation. The trail is designed to engage youngsters and their parents and show how creative communities across Suffolk can be. For more information visit

Larking Gowen is joined in supporting the events by Prettys Solicitors, who are sponsoring the online quiz. The Libraries’ first ever online quiz will be held on Saturday 20 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost only £3 per person and there are some great prizes for the top three scores. It’ll be hosted via Zoom by Suffolk Libraries’ resident quizmaster, and manager of Southwold Library, Charlotte Clark. You can sign up via the Suffolk Libraries website.

There’s a serious message behind Suffolk Libraries Day too. Suffolk Libraries has continued to make an impact during COVID-19 but has missed out on income through normal fundraising and income-generating activities.

Bruce Leeke, CEO of Suffolk Libraries, said:

“Our second Suffolk Libraries Day will be very different to the first, but we’ve adapted our plans to be able to provide activities which people across the Suffolk can enjoy and take part in. We’ve reached out to people throughout the pandemic doing everything we can to support them during these difficult times. Whether through our website, a physical book, a phone call or an act of kindness, we've continued to make a difference to people’s lives. We’re asking people to show their support for what we do by taking part, having fun and helping us to raise vital funds to do even more for the people of Suffolk in the future.”



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