Suffolk Libraries are hosting an online book festival in March


6:58 PM February 23, 2021

Next month, Suffolk Libraries will host an online book festival that will allow readers to participate in a virtual Q&A with some of their favorite authors, including Bernard Cornwell, Anthony Horowitz, Kathy Reichs and Elly Griffiths.

This digital event, which will run from Monday March 15 to Sunday March 21, will incorporate Suffolk Libraries Day – Suffolk Libraries’ annual fundraising event taking place on Saturday March 20.

The event will celebrate the many ways Suffolk Libraries impact people’s lives across the county and help raise vital funds to support library service.

For the online book festival, nine authors have been lined up for online discussions and to answer your questions. People can book for free, but Suffolk Libraries would appreciate a donation when you register. You can see the full program and book your ticket here

Kathy Reichs will answer questions from readers at the Suffolk Libraries Book Festival in March
– Credit: Marie-Reine Mattera

For younger kids, there will also be a new scarecrow trail activity designed to inspire people to create their own scarecrow based on a book, movie, TV or theater character. Scarecrows can then be placed in people’s gardens or windows and saved to an online map so people can have fun discovering them while doing their daily exercise.
You can participate by making a donation. The trail is designed to engage young people and their parents and show how creative communities in Suffolk can be. For more information, visit here.

Finally, Suffolk Libraries will also be hosting their first online quiz on Saturday March 20 at 7.30pm, sponsored by Pretty’s Solicitors. Tickets cost £3 per person and there are great prizes for the top three scores. It will be hosted via Zoom by Charlotte Clark, resident facilitator at Suffolk Libraries and director of Southwold Library, assisted by her dog. You can register through the Suffolk Libraries website.

Novelist Elly Griffiths will be a guest online at the Suffolk Libraries Book Festival

Novelist Elly Griffiths will be a guest online at the Suffolk Libraries Book Festival
– Credit: Sara Reeve

Bruce Leeke, CEO of Suffolk Libraries, said: “Our second Suffolk Libraries Day will be very different from the first, but we have adapted our plans to be able to offer activities that Suffolk residents can enjoy and participate in. We’ve reached out to people throughout the pandemic, doing all we can to support them in these difficult times. Whether through our website, a physical book, a phone call, or an act of kindness, we have continued to make a difference in people’s lives. We ask people to show their support for what we do by participating, having fun and helping us raise vital funds to do even more for the people of Suffolk in the future.

Suffolk Libraries Day is Suffolk Libraries’ largest annual fundraising event, showcasing and celebrating the organisation’s impact in Suffolk. Almost 50 Suffolk organizations and businesses supported the first Suffolk Library Day in 2019 by donating or participating in fundraising events. The event raised £16,400 and drew a further 4,000 people to libraries that day.

For more information visit If your organization would like to get involved in supporting Suffolk Libraries Day please email [email protected]


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