Kirklees Libraries will officially open a new community library in Birkby and Fartown this week as part of a long-term programme to invest in libraries in the borough.
The new £799k library will be officially opened on Saturday 14 August by the Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Nigel Patrick and Chief Librarian Carol Stump with the unveiling of a plaque at 2pm. Fun-filled activities on the day will include sculpting and drumming workshops, and a sensory story time linked to this year’s South Asian Heritage Month.
Birkby and Fartown Library will serve as a hub for the local community and will also provide a safe and welcome space for migrants.
Online workshops, book reviews, photography, artwork and poems helped to identify the services local communities wanted to see in the new library. Images and work from these activities have formed part of ‘The First Book in the Library’, a copy of which will be gifted to the Mayor at the launch this weekend. The book will then go on display at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Councillor Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Corporate said: “I look forward to the official opening of Birkby and Fartown Library this weekend. This is the culmination of local investment in a new build library where adults and children alike will benefit from the fantastic new space that includes a children’s area, IT facilities and a beautiful community garden. It also reflects our commitment to investing in libraries in Kirklees.”
Well-wishers who are unable to attend the official opening have been contacting Kirklees Libraries with best wishes for the big day. Special video messages from Sue Williamson, Director of Libraries at Arts Council England and Isobel Hunter, Chief Executive of Libraries Connected represent recognition from the wider world of libraries.
Carol Stump, Chief Librarian and President of Libraries Connected said: “I am incredibly excited that we will be opening a second new library as part of our plans to invest in Kirklees Libraries. We have created a vibrant, flexible, inclusive dementia friendly space that is open for all. Staff have worked very hard to make this happen and look forward to welcoming visitors.”
The launch will be on Saturday 14 August 11am-2:30pm during normal opening hours, and everyone is welcome.