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/

 

Calderdale Libraries announce Reading Friends

Calderdale Library Service has received funding, from the DCMS, to be part of the national Reading Friends project run by the Reading Agency. Reading Friends aims to tackle loneliness by bringing people together to read, chat and share stories.

Do you enjoy a good book? Like looking at magazines or reading the paper? Would you like to chat over the phone about what you read?

If so Calderdale Libraries would love to hear from you. We are starting a Reading Friends Chat and Natter scheme and are looking for anyone who would like to take part.

Please contact us on 01422 288028 or libraries@calderdale.gov.uk with the subject line Reading Friends

Harry Potter Book Night with Calderdale Libraries

The annual Harry Potter book event from  Calderdale Libraries is here once more, this time via the magic of the internet in your own home!

Event by Calderdale Libraries
Thursday, 4 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC
Price: free
Public Anyone on or off Facebook
Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night with us on Thursday 4th February. As Hogwarts is closed this year, all students are home-schooling and we are offering a virtual opportunity for learning.
Renowned Potion Masters Professor BellaDonner, Clixxi and Blilk from Love Science have some new delights to share with you and Professor Binns has some enthralling and enlightening tales to tell. We are also being joined by twins and witches in training, Allegra & Minerva who attend our sister school the School of Spells AKA ZooLab, and they will introduce their animal sidekicks. It will be a wondrous evening of magical education.
All activities are pre-recorded and will be screened from 6pm on Thursday 4th February.

Calderdale Libraries Important Service Update

You will already know that the government has announced new national restrictions for England from Thursday 5th November. This is what this will mean for the service offered by Calderdale Libraries.

Many of you have enjoyed being able to return to the Central Library, Halifax and 5 of our Hub libraries in recent weeks. We have certainly enjoyed welcoming you back. From 5th November, however, we have to step back for a while – at least until the government review on 2nd December.

The only Calderdale library to remain open will be Central Library, Halifax. This will be for our Select & Collect service only: https://calderdale.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME?HOMEPRMS=GENPARAMS

This means we are returning to Phase 1, so there won’t be computer access, browsing, movement around the building beyond the ground floor or access to Local Studies or Archives.

Central Library will be open for this service Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

All other Calderdale libraries will be closed altogether during this period.

Items on loan will automatically be renewed until 31st January 2021

The Home Library Service will still be operating and this is currently open to anyone who wants to register to make use of it: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/home-library-service
(note that the information in the blue box is applicable and the restrictions mentioned lower down don’t currently apply).

All our digital services will continue to be available too, so you can:

Enquiries/contact us

  • If you have general queries about library services, please email: libraries@calderdale.gov.uk
  • If you have Local Studies enquiries, you are welcome to email: reference.library@calderdale.gov.uk Local Studies staff will do their best to help, though they won’t be in the library during this period so won’t be able to access hard copy resources.

Stay safe!

 

A great time to read – with Calderdale Libraries!

With the lockdown and movement restrictions in place, many have lost access to the Library, which is a vibrant place to pursue interests, discover something new or simply enjoy the atmosphere.

You still can!

With a wealth of online publications and a home delivery service for the more vulnerable members, it has never been easier.

Visit Calderdale Libraries online – https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries

You can open a library account online and access some of the following services – absolutely free!

  • Browse the digital catalogue
  • Read books, comics, magazines or newspaper archives online
  • Sign for home delivery service – available to vulnerable individuals
  • FindMyPast: Free during the coronavirus lockdown
  • Study for your Driving Theory test online
  • And much more!

So what are you waiting for? Grab a nice cuppa, find your favourite spot and start reading!

The following bulletin was released for the Calderdale Libraries:

Whilst people can’t go out to the library now, that hasn’t stopped them reading! We have had 61 new members join the library and 25 more of our vulnerable customers have signed up for our home delivery service.

We have massively increased our digital range and there have been 928 Digital downloads (e-books, eaudio books, e-magazines and comics via RB digital) already during April. Last year was a record year with 26,039 Digital items downloaded. We expect to beat that easily this year!

We have been promoting the Digital Reference Library and particular components of it via various channels and once the technicalities are (very soon) ironed out, we will be offering additional free remote access to Ancestry and Find My Past.

We are working on a short local history film, linking a local area with its past and the resources (normally) available through libraries. If this works well, we will work on more.

From the children’s, young peoples’ and families point of view, our main engagement is through Calderdale Libraries social media, with lots of links to all the sites which are providing great content for children and families. We are getting geared up to post film of activities which can be done at home and will be recording some Rhymetime songs for families and little ones to join in with at home.

Calderdale Libraries

FREE Creative Writing Course at King Cross Library

The aim is to develop writing skills and to produce a collection of work.

Writing exercises suitable for novices or more experienced writers.

Starting with pair work and group writing.

Two meetings per month from 26th January to 25th May on;

  • 26 January 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 9 February 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 23 February 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 9 March 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 23 March 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 6 April 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 27 April 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 11 May 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 25 May 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm

For more information, see King Cross Library or telephone: 01422 288028.

Please note, there is a 3 week break between course dates around the Easter holidays.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities for Heritage Festival at Central Library

Celebrating Halifax Heritage Festival there will be FREE craft activities at Halifax Central Library and Archives on Saturday  September 8, 10:00am-3:00pm.

Based in The Imaginarium, there will be an exciting range of creative activities on offer for all ages, inspired by heritage features of the library building.

No need to book – just drop in!

For more information about this event contact Local Studies Library.