John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, has implored the UK to value its libraries and urged everyone to show their support on National Libraries Day, Saturday 7 February.
Lydon has recorded an audio message to mark the annual national celebration of libraries and library staff. In it he credits libraries and librarians for his recovery from memory loss after contracting meningitis as an eight year old.
The recording will be available to listen to from Saturday 7 February via the National Libraries Day website.
Details of nationwide events are posted to the National Libraries Day online event map and people can show their support in person by joining a local event or by simply visiting their library during National Libraries Day week. Supporters can also share stories, messages and library ‘shelfies’ online and on social media.
First introduced in 2012, National Libraries Day is designed to say a collective thank-you to librarians and library staff everywhere and to raise awareness of the valued services they offer. Last year thousands of people took part in over 600 events and many public figures including well-known authors, illustrators, MPs and musicians sent messages of support.