Drumming, sculpting and music mark the opening of new community library in Birkby and Fartown

group of people outside a library

Councillor Nigel Patrick, Mayor of Kirklees, and Carol Stump, Chief Librarian and President of Libraries Connected officially opened the new £799k Birkby and Fartown Library on Saturday 14 August with an unveiling of a special plaque that will be displayed in the building.

What happened on the day?

The rain held off and the new library welcomed over 250 visitors through their doors. Activities on the day included Magic, Movement and Games in chairs, live music by Drumalou, sculpting with recycled items, a treasure hunt, story corner, and refreshments.

The Mayor was gifted with the aptly named “First Book in the Library”, a collection of work by the local community, which will be displayed at Huddersfield Town Hall.

The event was attended by members of the local community, along with Cabinet Member for Corporate Councillor Paul Davies and ward members Councillor Mohan Sokhal, Councillor Sheikh Ullah and former President of Libraries Connected, Mark Freeman.

More than just a library

Libraries aren’t just about reading, Birkby and Fartown Library serves as a hub for the local community and provides a safe and welcome space for migrants.

Become a volunteer

If you like reaching out to people and have some spare time, then please consider becoming a Library Volunteer. We need people to help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays.

Email us at volunteer.recruitment@kirklees.gov.uk or call 01484 414868 and ask for Huddersfield Library.