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Community engagement activities to start for new build library

Artists impression of new Birkby and Fartown Library

We’re seeing good progress on the new £799k community library for the residents of Birkby and Fartown. Community engagement Kirklees Libraries have now commissioned Edgelands Arts to deliver an exciting, creative consultation with the local community in the Birkby and Fartown areas.  Together they will explore key questions on what the new library service offer will look like.  They will

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Soapy solution helps COVID cause

Community Plus Coordinator Hannah King united Kirklees Council teams, a national retailer and community groups to plug the gap in the rural fight to stop the spread of COVID, reaching more than 700 families with vital hygiene products. Hearing the news from Public Health that Covid-19 infection rates were higher in low income areas, Hannah, pictured right, wondered if household

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New Year Honours recognition for Kirklees Libraries COVID-19 response

Jon Davis, Kirklees Libraries

Congratulations to Jon Davis for receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2021 New Year Honours list. Jon has been working at Kirklees Libraries since 2004, and has received the award for services to public libraries during COVID-19. He is currently the Customer Service Manager at Dewsbury Library and is also the Co-Chair of the Public and Mobile Libraries

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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

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Engineering, serving the country and sport: Corporal Ralph Emsley, 1920 – 2020

A career in engineering, serving in the army during World War II and playing with the ‘Clown Prince of Soccer’, Ralph Emsley really was an all-rounder. Born in Bramley, Leeds in 1920, he was one of four children alongside sisters Clarice, Cathy and May.  After leaving school he joined Jowett car factory in Bradford where his father also worked. Called

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