News from your Library

Published: 27 February 2020

The library recently took delivery of some new furniture for the children’s area (pictured). The new tables and chairs, book browsers and seating were provided thanks to legacies and donations from Burley Community Trust, Burley Educational Trust, Ilkley Round Table, Dale Eddison and Burley Nursery School. The old tables and chairs will not go to waste as they are being donated to a charity which provides educational equipment to children in Africa.

On the subject of fundraising – if residents and visitors have a Co-op Members’ Card they can choose a local good cause as their nominated charity by going online to their Co-op account. Currently one of these local good causes is the library by means of Burley Community Trust. 1% of any money spent on Co-op branded products along with scanning the Members’ Card can directly benefit the library. The library started to benefit from this scheme in December and will do so for a year. So far £260 has been raised. Even though the children’s area of the library is now almost complete, new comfortable seating and storage is still needed for other parts of the library – along with a new hot water boiler!!

Bradford Libraries started a new public consultation on Monday 10th February which will run until Sunday 15th March 2020. Bradford Libraries still need to make substantial financial cuts to their service in the future financial year and this consultation welcomes comments on their future vision particularly relating to the use of current library buildings. Whilst this does not directly affect Burley Library as the Parish Council now owns the building, Burley Library is still substantially supported by Bradford Council - both financially and by provision of service. Please read the supporting documentation and complete the online survey.

There are lots of forthcoming events at the library. It’s World Book Day on Thursday 5th March with two children’s sessions at 2.15 and 3.30 pm. The library will be introducing fortnightly Health and Wellbeing mornings on every first and third Monday of the month starting on Monday 16th March and Monday 6th April at 11 am with coffee mornings. From Monday 20th April and going forward these coffee mornings will be complemented with a seated exercise class at 10.15 am. These classes and coffee mornings have been organised thanks to Well Wharfedale and are supported by Grange Park Surgery. The classes will be led by Liz Chapman, an experienced local instructor trained by Extend. Extend is a charity focussed on training in exercise techniques to music for older people and those with disabilities. There will be no charge for any of these activities but donations are welcome.

For more on what’s on at the library visit the Burley Library website