Locals invited to see refurbished Skipton library

This story was published 15 January 2018

Skipton Library will hold an open day on Thursday, 25 January, from 9.30am to 5pm, when local residents are invited to take a look around the newly refurbished reference library.

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Skipton Library will hold an open day on Thursday, 25 January, from 9.30am to 5pm, when local residents are invited to take a look around the newly refurbished reference library and discover more about what this community resource has to offer.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “The library has been partially closed for two weeks while much-needed renovation work was undertaken. Visitors on the open day will see improvements to the reference and local studies area, as well as new research and study facilities and a seating area where visitors can relax, read newspapers and enjoy a book.”

The open day will coincide with the launch of Skipton library’s new monthly coffee morning, Coffee Plus, which will feature tea, cake and talks and will take place on the last Thursday of each month at 10.45am. This month’s talk will be on local suffragette Leonora Cohen and will be presented by Helen Pratt from Temple Newsam House.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day along with children’s activities, such as story time and Lego Club, an exhibition of old maps and photographs and taster sessions in computer help and family history. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide information and advice on a whole range of topics.

County Councillor Robert Heseltine, Member for Skipton East, said: “I would like to congratulate all the members of staff who have been involved in this refurbishment. Skipton people use the library on a regular basis and it is a facility much loved by young and old.  It is one of the most welcoming places on the high street.”

County Councillor Andy Solloway, Member for Skipton West, said: “A few years ago, local libraries faced a rather bleak future, and it’s good to see that despite the cutbacks Skipton library is thriving and that people still value libraries as a valuable community resource in the digital age. I have to commend the volunteers who have given so much of their time and energy to keeping Skipton library not only open, but going from strength to strength. Libraries are great places, the only entry requirements for using one is one’s interest and quest for learning. It was JK Rowling who said: ‘When in doubt, go to the library’.”

Find out more about Skipton library here.