Press Release: Break out the beards for the Family Library!

Break out those brilliant bristles, the Family Library is urging workers and schools to take part in a Wear a Beard Day next month!

Inspired by their own pirate-themed Summer Reading Scheme, the staff have decided to call on the Manx public to produce some winning whiskers on September 9.

Librarian-in-charge Mary Cousins said: ‘Pirates were never that keen on shaving and we thought this would be a good way for everyone to get involved in a fun event to raise funds for the library.

‘We’ve already heard back from some schools and workplaces that will take part. And don’t worry, you don’t have to grow your own beard! We will be providing some top false beard-making tips in the run up to Wear a Beard Day.

‘Any money raised will go towards the running costs of the Family Library and the Mobile Family Library.’

You can already get some inspiration for your own facial furniture by clicking onto the beard icon at the website

The library has already enlisted one high profile supporter for Wear a Beard Day.

PS160729 (8)Manx Radio’s Beth Espey, who presents the Women Today programme, has pledged to wear a beard during her broadcast on September 9 and she will ensure her co-presenters take part too!

‘Presenting live radio in a false beard is certainly on my bucket list of media challenges, so I’m looking forward to this,’ said Beth, from behind a set of practice whiskers.

‘It’s for a great cause. The Family Library and the Mobile Family Library do a wonderful job and, as a charity, I’m more than happy to lend my support and hopefully raise both funds and awareness.

‘We’re bristling with ideas of how we can ensure all our studio guests that day have beards.’

The Family Library is in the middle of its annual Summer Reading Scheme, on the theme of We Be Pirates.

Among upcoming events are a pirate picnic on a date to be announced and, on August 18, a mega in conjunction with the Manx Wildlife Trust. There is also a competition to create a model treasure island and much more. Stay up to date with events by checking out the Family Library’s Facebook page and visiting

  • The Family Library is next to the children’s playground in Westmoreland Road, Douglas. It operates as a charity and also runs the Mobile Library and a Schools Service. To keep up to date on the summer reading scheme and to find out more about the services available, check out the Family Library page on Facebook or visit or call the library on 640650.

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