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Books and Boats at the Armitt

You’ve heard of ‘selfies’… what about ‘shelfies’? The Armitt Museum and Library is celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with a pop-up library created by you!


Keen readers of all ages are invited to take snaps of the books they love, and email the photographs to Volunteers will add the snaps to the Armitt’s website for everyone to browse.

The pop-up library event will run from Thursday 5 March until Saturday 7 March. Everyone who adds a ‘shelfie’ to the collection will get free entry to the Armitt between 5-7 March.

The celebration will culminate on Saturday 7 March, with a day of drop-in activities for families inspired by stories in the collection, including Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. ‘Books and Boats at the Armitt’ will run at the Armitt all day on Saturday only, from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

Make a boat and sail on a voyage around the museum; create your own storybook characters; share your favourite stories in our story corner; discover objects and stories in the Armitt’s collection; add ‘shelfies’ to the pop-up library. (Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.)

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World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading. One of the Day’s main aims is to ‘encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading’ — as those pleasures are at the heart of the Armitt’s mission, World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at some of the museum’s literary treasures, including letters written by Beatrix Potter.

For more information about World Book Day, see


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