Enhancing children’s literacy with new build library

Birkby and Fartown will see work commence on the construction of a new library building from next week.

Contractors Marshalls will build a library that will benefit not just the local residents but also schools especially nearby Birkby Junior School.  Located on Lea Street, the new library will provide additional resource to support children in their reading and overall childhood development.

Library features

The new £799k building will have full disabled access and its features will be dementia friendly.  It will feature dedicated areas for children; study; Self Service as well as IT provision and a community garden. The internal layout will be designed to be flexible to accommodate activities and special events, and can be used for multiple purposes including for polling during elections.

Councillor Carole Pattinson, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said:

“I’m delighted to see work starting on this key project that will support the learning and aspirations of our young children in Kirklees.

“Giving our children the best start in life is vital to their development and this new build library will one more step in inspiring our youngsters to fulfil their potential and achieve in life.”

Carol Stump, Chief Librarian and President of Libraries Connected said: 

“We at Kirklees Libraries are incredibly excited about this new venture.  We look forward to engaging with nearby schools and local businesses to make this project a success.  A library is the heart of every community and we hope to give Birkby and Fartown the library they deserve.”

Timescales

Building works are due to commence on 09 November with completion planned for spring 2021.

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