Public Libraries

Libraries are the heart of local communities and taking part in Inter Faith Week 2022 is a great way to strengthen ties with a diverse population

Below are some ideas for Inter Faith Week. These draw on successful activities held by public libraries in recent times. 

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intercultural tea party at batley library 2019

Batley Poets giving a reading at Batley Library, 2021

St Helens Library

Faith leaders and local authorities at a talk at St Helens Library, 2021

ADULTS

  • Produce a video of local faith community members talking about why libraries are so important to local communities and what their faith has to say about the importance of learning
  • Produce a video about how you serve local communities in our religiously diverse society
  • Invite authors of different faith backgrounds to talk about how their religion has influenced their writing
  • Create a display of books and/or an online collection relevant to Inter Faith Week
  • Organise a group of helpers from different faiths to do some volunteering for the library, such as planting flowers or creating a display
  • Host an event such as a panel of faith leaders speaking on a topic like climate change
  • Set up a ‘Living Library’ event where visitors can borrow a ‘human library book’ for half an hour to learn about the person’s faith
  • Hold an arts and crafts session or workshop for different ages, inviting participants to contribute to an Inter Faith Week display that can be exhibited throughout the Week
  • Arrange a week-long programme with music, stalls and displays, workshops and film
  • Produce a social media series throughout the Week highlighting books from you collection with an Inter Faith Week theme
  • Initiate a plan on how to diversify further your collection to reflect faiths and beliefs in the local community, engaging in outreach with local faith communities and inviting feedback
  • Offer a space in your library for community Inter Faith Week events

 

tonbridge library inter faith speaker event inter faith week 2019

Artwork by Hillingdon school children at Botwell Green Library, 2021

CHILDREN

  • Create an Inter Faith Week book display in your library
  • Choose a book for Storytime that has an Inter Faith Week theme, or invite guests of different faiths to tell a story from their faith tradition or history - this could be followed by a discussion of how people with different faiths can live in harmony
  • Organise an Inter Faith Week poetry or short story competition, with the winning entries put on display or read out loud at a special awards ceremony
  • Organise an Inter Faith Week 'reading challenge', with a prize, with children invited to read two or three short books throughout the Week with themes and topics linked to the Week
  • Provide Inter Faith Week themed activities for children to participate in, such as arts and crafts, quizzes and wordsearches
batley poets at batley library inter faith week 2019

Inter faith speakers at Tonbridge Library, 2019

 

If you hold an activity, please do take a few minutes to register it on the IFW website. If you register you will also be eligible for a free pack with Inter Faith Week stickers, a poster, flyers, and a blank message card on which to share an Inter Faith Week message!

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Published 24 August 2021

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