Huddersfield Library, Kirklees
Joined 4th July 2019
Huddersfield Library is a delight – I have had the pleasure of visiting libraries in Kirklees several times including appearing at the Pageturners Festival. Having aborted an attempt to join Bradford Library (the train timetables were not agreeing with me – but I will try again) I got from Halifax to Huddersfield and was promptly met by Librarian Kirstie Wilson who walked me through town and straight to the Children’s Library. The space is open and friendly with a central desk island with masses of leaflets and posters describing future events such as ‘Rhymetime for under 3’s’ and information about the Summer Reading Challenge. I was bowled over to see that there was a bookshelf dedicated to yours truly as a result of my previous visit. The art work gracing the walls is all done by children and the far end is dominated by a supper rollercoaster mural made from cut paper – it really is quite stunning and stretches the width of the library. I chatted and laughed with staff as they told me about some of the wonderful events they have which include storywalks, Game design days, and many writing and craft workshops. The building is quite old and Kirstie took for a ride in the old service lift complete with gate style door and many scratches covering its interiors… rumour has it, made from people trying to scratch their way out!… or maybe it’s just years of shifting books all over this beautiful old library.
A huge thank you to Staff Eric Brill, Julie Redfearn, David Summersand Kirstie Wilson for taking the time to show me around ….