Calderdale Libraries Update September 2021

We’ve really missed you, please come back and visit us!

Most of our libraries are now open with extended opening hours. We do still advise the wearing of a face covering and we continue to have hand sanitising stations placed within our libraries.

The following libraries are open – Central, Akroyd, Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, King Cross, Mixenden, Northowram, Rastrick, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden. Beechwood Road Library is still closed due to ongoing refurbishment (please see below for more information).

For current opening hours visit:
https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/your-local-library

Throughout the last 18 months, we have been extending the due date of all the items out on loan. The last extension ends on 30th September. From then on, we will revert to the normal 3 week loan period This means that overdue charges may apply if items are returned late. Renewals can be requested online via our website or via phone or email to any library. Email notifications (providing you have an email address on your library account) will be switched back on so that you will have the option to receive reminders before your items are due back or when an item that you have reserved is available for collection.

Reservations for items currently in stock in Calderdale Libraries will remain free of charge for the moment.

Select & Collect remains an option for library users – login to your library account online by visiting
https://calderdale.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/LOGINB to submit a request. Library staff will choose a selection of books for you, according to your requirements, and let you know when they are ready to collect.

To reserve specific items from our catalogue, log in to your library account as above or contact any Calderdale Library.

Update for Beechwood Road Library Users

Exciting news. Works have now begun, and you can expect to see contractors on site
The works to be completed are outlined below, and are aimed at making the space more accessible and welcoming for our communities

  • Extensive repairs are planned which will start next month and continue through the summer.
  • We are looking at an upgrade of the external fabric and some internal upgrades.
  • The external upgrades will consist of the refurbishment and thermal upgrade of the two flat roofs and pitched roof. The rendering to the rear extension and the right hand side of the building will be removed and re-rendered. The fascia’s and soffits will be replaced and the guttering throughout will be replaced. The rear extension windows will also be replaced with double glazing throughout. The rest of the windows will be painted externally.
  • Internally, we will be redecorating the water damaged areas throughout. There will also be some upgrades to some of the internal doors to increase fire safety, but the two wood panelling doors will remain. There will also be an upgrade of W/C and basin in the toilet area as well as redecoration.
  • There will be a lighting upgrade to LED lighting throughout (there will also be some upgrades to the external lighting).
  • There will be some new shelving and soft furnishings in public areas to improve the look and feel of the space and make it more adaptable for use by the community
  • There will also be the introduction of a self -service machine.

We are hoping to be able to open this lovely new space later in the year, with improved opening hours that will better serve the community

For more information email: libraries@calderdale.gov.uk

The Home Library Service

The Home Library Delivery Service continues to serve those who, for reasons of age, frailty or vulnerability, cannot visit a library in person. We can also offer a pickup service for those customers who find themselves with large numbers of books to return.

Please contact the Home Library team on homelibraryservice@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 288062

Business Information comes to Central Library

Calderdale Libraries are really pleased to be part of a national network of Business and Intellectual Property Centres. Operating as a BIPC local we have a dedicated space on the lower ground floor of Central Library, Halifax where customers can browse business books and factsheets.

We also have access to a range of online databases that can help customers:

  • find out what type of business they would like to start,
  • be aware of any regulations that apply to their business,
  • source suppliers,
  • carry out effective market research
  • identify possible funding opportunities.

Customers can also book a 1 to 1 appointment with a business information specialist from Leeds Business and IP Centre. This will be either online or in Central Library, Halifax.

You can pop in and see us in person, ring us on 01422 392631 or email us at:
Reference.library@calderdale.gov.uk

You will find more information about this service, by visiting: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/digital-library/business-ip-service

E-Books and E-Audio

If you are a library member, Calderdale Libraries have two different services that you can take advantage of. One is Libby (part of the Overdrive platform) and the other is uLIBRARY.
Library card holders can access e-books, e-audio books, magazines and comics – and all free of charge!
For more information, visit our website here:
https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/digital-library/ebooks-and-eaudio-books

Overdrive (Libby) have announced their next Together We Read title is Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara And The Sun will be available in both e-book and e-audio for unlimited access via Libby between 29th September & 13th October.

Celebrate National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry, taking place on 7th October 2021, and our theme is Choice.

Over the years we’ve had poetry in schools, poetry in burger vans, poetry on the news, poetry on the side of buildings, poetry strapped to the legs of carrier pigeons, and much more.

All we ask on the day is that you celebrate poetry and use the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay to let us know about it.

Todmorden Book Festival

Calderdale Libraries continue to support the book festival in Todmorden. For more details and access to the program, visit:
https://www.todmordenbookfestival.co.uk/

Brighouse Arts Festival

Calderdale Libraries will once more be supporting the Brighouse Arts Festival, with several events being held at either Brighouse or Rastrick Libraries.

For more information or to reserve tickets, see the website below:
https://www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk/

 

Work Support at Mixenden Library

Are you looking to get back into work, want help creating or updating your CV or need to make a fresh claim?

These are just some of the things you can get help with at our North Halifax Work Support sessions.

Pop into Mixenden Library on a Thursday morning from 10am to 12noon and speak to Dan Marham our Ward Link Worker who will be happy to help.

Dan is also at Beechwood Road Library offering the same support on Monday’s 3pm to 5pm and Thursdays from 1.30pm

If you would like more information email Daniel.marham@Calderdale.gov.uk or visit our North Halifax Work Support page

Get Involved in the Calderdale Local Plan – what issues are important to you?

Want to help change Calderdale for the better? Then Have your say on the Local Plan consultation.

The consultation on the initial draft of the Calderdale Local Plan is now open and information on the plan is available at www.calderdale.gov.uk/localplan and comments can be submitted using the Council’s Consultation Portal.

A Planning Officer will also  be in attendance at the following locations to assist you in making comments online.

‘Start Your Own Business’ Drop In Sessions – February 2016

Can’t find a job or ever wondered how you could become self-employed/ start your own business but don’t know where to start or who to contact?

Why not check out the FREE monthly drop in sessions run by Eric Binns from Calderdale Council’s Business Support Team. Whether you are unemployed or employed, you are welcome to attend any session at any location.

If you can’t make it to any of the sessions, please contact Eric to arrange a free 1 to 1 advice meeting on 01422 392222 or 07702 925493.

Community Café at Beechwood Road Library

Beechwood Café LogoCome along and join us for a FREE hot drink in a friendly environment where you can sit back, relax and chat if you wish.

Every Monday – From 3pm to 5pm
At Beechwood Road Library

You can also get involved and add pieces to help complete a community Jigsaw whilst you’re there.

Email Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk for further information or call 01422 255402

Get ‘Digital Ready’ at Beechwood Road Library

Beechwood Road Library is working with BT and Barclays to help you get the most out of the web so if you need a helping hand getting online, using your laptop, tablet, smartphone etc then free Wi-Fi and technical support is at hand.

Thursday 21 January 2016 – 2.30pm to 4pm
At Beechwood Road Library, Beechwood Road, HX2 9BU

For further information please ring the library on 01422 244161 or email: beechwood_road.library@calderdale.gov.uk

FREE work clubs with North Halifax Work Support

North Halifax Work Support is run by Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative.  Our work clubs are open to anyone who is looking for work. They are friendly and informal and are run by Karen Scanlon and Heather Stout on:

There are Work Clubs and support available throughout the week in North Halifax. Visit www.halifaxnorthandeast.com and click on latest jobs to find out more.