There was yarn bombing outside the Bluecoat.
And lots of photography within. I particularly liked Identity Documents by Adam Lee, who photographed people's bookshelves.
But the grande finale of the evening was the opening of the new Central Library and it is truly spectacular. Located next to the Walker Gallery, here is the outside with the new cafe and patio.
You approach the entrance along a sidewalk with book titles engraved into the pavement.
And then straight into the newest part of the library.
Over to one side is the older section and where you'll find the fiction in the renovated Picton Room where you have to go up spiral staircases to access the books. Isn't this lovely?
There are other display rooms with some of the library's rare collections including medieval manuscripts and a copy of William Morris's Kelmscott edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. And up on the top floor is a roof top terrace with lovely views of the city.
The library was PACKED with lots of families and kids which was lovely to see. Nevertheless, I did manage to take out three great knitting books and I'll definitely be back to explore the stacks in more detail. I can see myself spending a lot of time here. A world class city always needs an amazing central library and I feel really proud and excited for Liverpool.