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Some of Darlington’s hidden treasures are to go on show to help celebrate National Libraries Week (9-14 October).

A host of interesting items have been selected from the large and wide-ranging collection held by Darlington Libraries’ Centre for Local Studies and will feature in the ‘Treasures of Local Studies Open Day’.

The free event will be held on Tuesday 10 October, 10am-4pm and is open to all to drop-in to explore some of the treasures in the collection, many of which may not have been seen before.

Mandy Fay, Senior Library Officer at Darlington Libraries, explained:

“We aim to collect and preserve historical and contemporary material relating to the borough of Darlington and surrounding area and make it available to anyone with an interest in local history or family history.

“The collection boasts a wide-range of materials including books, maps, photographs and posters and the open day is a wonderful opportunity to view a range of items that visitors may not have seen before.

“Items on show will include the library’s smallest book – The Young Female Slave printed in Darlington in 1814 – which measures just 5 cm by 3cm. There will also be aerial photographs of the town, maps and some original artwork. We will also be displaying some of the most recent donations to the collection, such as a staff photograph and scrapbook from British Home Stores, and other items we think people will find interesting.”

For more information about Darlington Libraries log onto the website at www2.darlington.gov.uk or call 01325 349630 you can also follow us on Facebook @DarlingtonLibraries or on Twitter @DarlLibs

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