Kirklees library service shortlisted for national library award

Our family-oriented library outreach programme called storywalks is one of just four from library services across the UK to be shortlisted for the prestigious Libraries Change Lives Award.

What are storywalks?

Storywalks brings local families together outdoors during the school holidays to take part in story and nature-based activities.

Themed walks creatively promote fiction and non-fiction and encourage parents to see the value of sharing books with their children. Over 1500 young people and adults have participated in our storywalks since April 2015.

Recent storywalks have included picture trails with a treasure hunt themed around a children’s picture book, autumn bug hunts and bat walks and book themes such as James and the Giant Peach.

More about the award

The long-running award demonstrates the added value that a library service provides to its community and is awarded annually by CILIP, the library and information association, to recognise library services which represent excellence and innovation.

The winner will be announced on 12 October during the first ever Libraries Week and will receive a £4,000 investment from CILIP.

Cllr Graham Turner Cabinet Member for libraries said:

“I am delighted that our library service have been shortlisted for this award, it is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who run them.

“The storywalks not only help children develop a love of books and reading but also demonstrate that libraries are more than the buildings they are located in. By training up more people to be walk leaders we can spread the joy of books to a much wider group of people.

“The walks also have the added benefits of facilitating new relationships, encouraging people to explore the local area and helping families to find new ways to spend time together.”

John Vincent, Chair of Judges said:

“Congratulations to Kirklees Libraries who have stepped in to address the gaps in their community, both to support local families, and also to ensure that their population can benefit from improved wellbeing, diversity and inclusion.”



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