Filey library was officially reopened following its refurbishment by the chair of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Robert Windass, on Friday, 27 July.
The library closed for four weeks earlier this summer for refurbishment, which included a new children’s area and new mobile bookshelves, which allow the space to be used more flexibly for events. The library has been redecorated, IT facilities have been redeveloped and there are plenty of spaces for visitors to connect to the free wi-fi on their devices or book onto a library computer.
The County Council has invested £56,000 in the refurbishment to create a bright, modern and vibrant community space. Customers will also benefit from £10,000 of new library stock.
Visitors to the opening event were able to make their own contributions to the creation of a “Dragon Banner” as part of the Filey dragon festival. The completed banner is on display in the library.
The new children’s library has already provided a great setting for the annual Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge, which this year has the theme of Mischief Makers, is created to encourage children aged four to 11 to read six books over the summer holidays. As they read their chosen books, children can claim rewards such as colour-in comic glasses and a wristband. Those who complete the challenge will be awarded a medal and certificate to celebrate their achievement. Children can also book into a range of activities in the library each Wednesday during August.
Regular activities at the library include:
- Filey book group, second Wednesday of the month, 5pm to 6.30pm;
- family history help with family history volunteers on Monday and Wednesday, 10am to noon;
- Scarborough Borough Council information desk, Monday 2pm to 5pm and Wednesday 10am to 5pm;
- storytime for under-fives on Friday morning, 11am to 11.30am;
- knit and natter group, Thursday, 1pm to 3pm;
- Soundings creative writing group , third Thursday of the month, 10am to noon;
- Filey Writers group, third Saturday of the month, 10am to noon; and
- from August, Job Match help and advice for job hunters, Wednesday, 10am to 3pm.
County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “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 an expanded range of County Council services.”
County Councillor Helen Swiers, Member for Filey, added: “I have seen refurbishments in other libraries, so I know the benefits they can bring, particularly in providing a flexible space that can be put to many community uses. I welcome this refurbishment and am pleased to see it already making an impact and will, no doubt, be put to many good uses by the residents of Filey.”