A Letter to My Library

On World Book Day we look at the amazing spaces our libraries have to offer, whether it’s for work or for play everyone is welcome. If you’re not convinced take a look at the next letter to our library team…

A Letter to My Library

The value of our libraries is incalculable, they make a difference to individuals in our community every single day and will be there for each one of us, no matter our circumstance.

Each library in Kirklees offers a bespoke service to their community. In this series of letters, we look to say thank you to all of the staff and volunteers that make up our library teams, and to demonstrate a fraction of the value that their work creates.

Each letter is anonymous to protect the identity of the individuals who have shared their story.

College Student Has Individual Tuition From Teacher In Library

A Peaceful Environment for Learning

On World Book day (5 March) we’re going to look at a letter from a teaching assistant at a local school, they use the library regularly and can’t imagine where they would have to go without it.

“I’m a teaching assistant at a local school. We currently use the library facilities for home educational purposes, mostly to educate young people who have been excluded from school.

The library provides a peaceful environment for learning at an outside facility and the staff are amazingly helpful and supportive.

If it wasn’t for the library, we would be forced to use places like McDonald’s, which as you can imagine are not supportive to learning like these facilities are.

The young person that I have brought to the library on numerous occasions has said they find the site relaxing, spacious and quiet.

They are very comfortable approaching staff with queries, who are more than happy to help.  The young person has said that if they had to use another place, they would feel devastated as the library is inclusive to all and is always welcoming.”

No matter who you are or what you are looking for, your local library will have something to offer, so why not pop in and say hello.

Our friendly team love seeing new faces and are always happy to help.

Find your local library on the website.

If you have a story of your own that would like to share, let us know in the comments below or tag @KirkleesCouncil on Twitter. Let’s talk libraries!

What’s on?

Find out what’s on in your local library. Below are just a few of the things that are going on in the libraries around Kirklees. If your local library isn’t featured here, ask about groups and events next time you’re passing.

If you’re not looking to join a group or attend an event then you are welcome to use the library spaces to read, draw or just relax. Kirklees libraries offer fantastic spaces for the whole community so come and enjoy them!

International Women’s Day

Friday 6 March is International Women’s Day and from 10am – 12pm a few of our libraries are hosting tea parties, come and get involved!

We’re inviting you all to come along, meet others, make new friends and chat around and celebrate the theme of International Women’s Day.

These are free drop-in events.

Please book tickets:

Dewsbury Library

  • Reading group – every Thursday from 6:30pm
  • Knit and Natter – every Thursday from 1:45 – 15:30pm
  • LEGO and craft club – every Saturday from 12:30 – 15:30pm
  • Code Club – every other Saturday (Saturday 7 March) 2 – 4pm


  • Rhyme Time – every Tuesday from 11 – 11:30 am
  • Storytime – ever Thursday from 11 – 11:30am
  • Mindfulness Group – Sat 7 March 11:30am – 12:30pm http://bit.ly/2Ihu86z

Lindley Library

  • Yoga – every Monday from 7.30 – 9pm / also Wednesdays from 9:30 – 12pm
  • Creative writing – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2 – 4pm

Rawthorpe and Dalton Library

  • Job Club – every other Monday from 1-3pm
  • Knit & Natter – every Tuesday from 10:15 – 12:15

 Almondbury Library

  • Stay and play in the crèche – every other Monday from 1 – 2.30pm
  • Reading group – every other Thursday 2 – 3pm

Other Events

Suffragette Storywalk at Crow Nest Park

Sunday 8 March at 2pm – join us on an empowering storywalk celebrating votes for women. Inspired by “Suffragette” by David Roberts. The Storywalk is recommended for ages 6+.

Friends of Birstall Library film club

Saturday 7 March at 1pm – a film club for all the family. Free to attend and refreshments available to purchase. Enquire at Birstall Library for details of the film. Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians at all times.

 To keep up to date with the latest on libraries, follow Kirklees Libraries on social media and sign up to their mailing list:

Twitter: @KirkleesLibrary

Facebook: @KirkleesLibraries

Email sign-up: Subscribe to the mailing list

Share your story 

If you have a story of your own that would like to share, let us know in the comments below, or tag @KirkleesCouncil on Twitter. Let’s talk libraries!

Read the next letter in the series. 

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