Musician John Lydon – formerly Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten - has recorded a message for National Libraries Day, imploring the UK to value its libraries.
In the audio recording, which will be made live on National Libraries Day on Saturday 7th February, Lydon urges people to show their support for their libraries and says: “Libraries are the most important essential part of our culture and civilisation.”
The singer credits libraries and librarians for his recovery from memory loss after he contracted meningitis at the age of eight.
His autobiography Life is an Anger: My Life Uncensored was published last year by Simon & Schuster.
There will be a week of activities hosted by libraries around the country in the run-up to National Libraries day, with events including a J R R Tolkien trail walk, a Guinness World Record attempt by a school, and special appearances by authors, historians and more.
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.
A list of events is available on the National Libraries Day website.
Last year there were more than 600 events associated with National Libraries Day, with appearances by authors including Lesley Pearse.