Friends of Cleckheaton Library
Group of volunteers working passionately to keep their local library open for the use of the community, organising community events to encourage use of the library, and develop and promote the library as a community hub.
I organised the first meeting in December 2015 when our library was first threatened with closure. Since that date, our membership has increased, we run a monthly drop-in cafe at the library, organise and fund events for adults and children at the library, work in partnership with other community groups to run and fund projects and actively campaign for the library service to continue in Cleckheaton, in its current home.
For the last two Christmases, together with the Leonard Cheshire Home and the churches in Cleckheaton, we have organised and run a Christmas celebration at the library, including carols and poetry and prose readings, raising money for the Leonard Cheshire Home. This is a family event, as are our treasure hunts and golden ticket sessions. We actively support the many and varied groups that meet at the library, from curling to Scrabble, and work closely with the library staff to increase footfall and customer satisfaction.
Our themed events for children have included a Harry Potter evening with a spells competition and a ballet performance from a local dance school as an introduction to a talk by Northern Ballet about their new production of Jane Eyre.
The library hosted a literature festival in 2015 and 2016 and we were involved in the organisation and stewarding of the sessions, to encourage footfall and use of the library.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
Currently we have funded our events from the proceeds of our café and individual grants for specific projects. With this pot of money, we would organise more events over the year for both adults and children, using our experience and relationship with the library service to ensure value for money.
The funding will help us to continue to promote use of the library and encourage community participation; facilitating increased borrowing of books and use of the other library resources, encouraging families to visit and borrow books etc., with a view to promoting early intervention and prevention and increasing literacy.
"‘Friendly people. Beautiful library and surroundings, very peaceful. It was a great day!’
Participant aged 45-54, (Martyn Bedford Screenwriting Workshop 2015)