News from your Library

Published: 19 June 2019

The library is bursting at the seams with activities this Summer. The biggest date in the library's diary is Saturday 17th August, which is also the start of the Burley Summer Festival. That morning, from 10 am to 1 pm, the library will be holding a Grand "Official Reopening" Celebration, to which everyone is invited. Wharfedale Valley Voices Choir will be performing at 11 am. Maddie will be keeping the younger audience entertained with a story and craft, and there will be refreshments and cakes (cake donations gratefully received). This is a big weekend for the library as it is also being used for the Health and Wellbeing Event on Sunday 18th August. The library will not be open for book borrowing that day though. Then on Monday 19th August it's the annual Teddy Bears' Picnic from 11 am to 1 pm in the park (weather permitting), or in the library (weather not permitting). There will be rhymes, stories, crafts, face painting, balloon modelling and a visit from Bookstart Bear. Please bring your own picnic and bear for company. Also as part of Festival Week, Tuesday 20th August brings a Board Games Challenge to the library from 2.30 pm to 5 pm, then on Wednesday 21st August (library closed) there will be the talk "The Fast-changing World of Communication" from 2 pm to 4 pm. This event is free but booking is required through Burley Summer Festival. Burley Library will also be on the Heroes and Villains Scarecrow Trail and its entry will be ... Buzz Lightyear.


Before all that, the Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 12 year olds has already launched and is heading "to infinity and beyond!". This year's theme is Space Chase to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings. There are activities during the school holidays every Monday except Bank Holiday Monday. These include a treasure hunt, space quiz, space ship building/painting and a comic art workshop. Finally, on Tuesday 27th August there is a children's author visit. For more details of these events see the above timetable of events. The Summer Reading Challenge doesn't end until Saturday 14th September this year so there is plenty of time to complete by visiting the library 3 times and reading 6 books.

Finally, congratulations are in order for Maddie. For the second consecutive year she has won an award at Bradford Libraries' Rhyme Challenge Awards. "Well done Maddie!"