Customers welcome library’s new look

This story was published 2 July 2019

Customers have been praising the new look of Skipton’s refurbished library, which was officially opened this week.

Cllr Jim Clark cuts the cake watched by staff and volunteers

The library now has an improved ground floor with an exciting new children’s area and mobile bookshelves, allowing the space to be used flexibly for events. The library has space for local groups and organisations to promote their activities with displays or drop-ins. The area has also been re-carpeted and re-decorated. On top of this, £15,000 has been invested in new books.

In written comments, one customer said: “I have been coming to this library since I was two and I have never seen it look so colourful and new. This refurbishment was well-needed and the library looks fab.”

Another added: “What a lovely bright, modern space you’ve created. The new children’s area is colourful and inviting, and the new furniture and decorations have really given the place a lift.”

The library was officially reopened on Monday, 1 July, by the chair of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Jim Clark, who cut a celebration cake to share with guests and library customers.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “It’s good to hear the improvements have been attracting positive comments. The new layout is bright, light and spacious. The refurbishment brings customers a range of benefits, not only in the form of excellent library facilities, but also a flexible space to allow the community to make best use of the venue and online access to a range of council services.”

Cllr Clark added: “I must congratulate all the staff and volunteers on the successful launch of the library. Your library is a joy to behold, as is the obvious enthusiasm of everyone who is here today.”

Regular activities at the library include:

  • IT help sessions with IT volunteers;
  • family history help with a family history volunteer on Monday afternoons;
  • story and rhyme times for under-fives on Wednesday mornings, and Thursday and Friday afternoons;
  • a monthly Saturday Storytime for children aged three to 11 with young volunteers;
  • relaxed openings for families with children with autism;
  • a weekly Lego Club;
  • a weekly stay and  play session for parents and carers with under-fives on Friday mornings;
  • monthly talks and coffee morning;
  • help with Blue Badge applications;
  • two monthly reading groups;
  • a monthly creative writing group;
  • a knit and natter group on Wednesday mornings; and
  • a monthly craft and chat group on a Saturday.

Our Adult Learning and Skills Service is also based at the library and runs regular courses, including English, maths and ICT.