Birkby and Fartown Library is a big hit with the local community

Six months have passed since the official opening the £799K community library in Birkby and Fartown. It’s fair to say, the team of staff and volunteers have barely stopped, and the community has taken the library to their hearts.

Since opening in the summer of 2021, the team has welcomed almost 550 new members and issued over 12,000 books!

Lifelong learning

Child development and learning has always been a prime objective of any library. The team at Birkby and Fartown has embraced and welcomed over 10 school groups and over 300 children to take part in fun activities, story time, quizzes and of course, borrow books. Not only that, but librarians have been invited to speak at local school assemblies and have regular sessions with a local nursery.

Books are only the start of the library experience

There are so many reasons to visit a library, and loaning a book is only the very start, with free access to IT, local community groups, art and local history meets, song time and events, Birkby and Fartown Library offers so much more.

Gup Shup and Chai – Group session for women, funded by Yorkshire Sport Foundation and supported by Community Plus. Helping Asian women break though language barriers and feel less isolated.

Women’s Wellbeing Crafts – A community group run by Healthy Hearts, bringing women of all ages together.

Friends of Normanton Park – meet at the library to discuss ideas and initiatives.

English Talk Time – An opportunity for people to practice conversational English, develop confidence and make new friends.

Supporting refugees and asylum families – Sessions run by a community cohesion worker, the session offer advice, support, and information.

Story and theatre performance – The Huddersfield Literature Festival held a number of live performances at the library – making theatre accessible to all.

Our team of volunteers has grown since the library opened its doors. They help keep our garden flourishing, deliver interactive story time, English lessons, and craft sessions. Many of them are from the local college and university, keen to develop their experience.

Become a member of the library 

To become a member of the library or enquire about the events taking place, visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/libraries