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The library refurbishment is progressing well and it is still on track to reopen on Monday 3 June. The attached photo shows one of the new heritage style windows and the contractor's site manager. Work is also well along with the internal alterations and decoration.
There's lots going on in June. It's Bookstart Week/Pyjamarama when the library reopens and on Tuesday 4 June at 1.45 pm Tuneful Tuesdays returns with the fun-filled "Car, Car, Truck, Jeep" - songs, story, crafts and free books to take home and keep. On Thursday 6 June Tiny Rhymers returns at 2.15 pm and on Tuesday 18 June at 1.45 pm there will be a special story to celebrate Bradford Refugee Week. On Friday 14 June at 1 pm there will be a meeting for volunteers in the library and on Wednesday 19 June, also at 1 pm, the Library Committee (with newly elected councillors) will be meeting in the library. Any member of the public who is interested in helping, or just finding out how the library is run, is welcome to attend these events.
Lastly, the refurbishment budget does not quite stretch to include a number of items which the library team feel would really enhance the quality of provision for the village. In particular, this includes extra craft tables and chairs for the already over-stretched children's sessions, new messy play and soft mats for the children's area, a baby changing table, a wall mounted flip display unit to keep posters tidy, a leaflet stand, a pull down projection screen and the ultimate long wished for item - blinds to help with glare and keep warmth in. The library is currently compiling a more detailed "wish list" with prices and is hoping to be able to apply for some grant funding from local charitable organisations. However, if any local businesses or individuals would like to sponsor or contribute, even an amount as small as £1, the library team would be very pleased to hear from them. Donations can be made anonymously if desired and any cheques need to be made payable to Burley Parish Council. Donations should be posted to or handed in at the library so that the team knows that the donation is for the library budget.
The library team would like to thank all their loyal customers and they look forward to seeing them again in June. They invite all Burley residents (and those from further afield) to come along to the newly refurbished library and have a look, and even join if they are not already members. It's free to join and use most services in the library.
There isn't much library news this month as the library is currently closed for refurbishment with the contractors having started work on 15 April for 5 weeks.
Significant time and effort has been spent clearing the inside of the library and putting the contents into two containers. This work was entirely undertaken by volunteers plus Abi. Around 25 of the volunteers helped - some of them almost full-time. The Parish Council would like to thank the volunteers for their extremely hard work and willing spirit - "we could not have done it without you!". Abi hopes that they can enjoy their well-earned rest and recuperate ready to help with the reverse operations that will begin during the week of 20 May. More cake would be very welcome too!
The time has come for the refurbishment of Burley Library. Its last day open to the public will be Saturday 6 April between 10 am and 1 pm. It will be closed from Monday 8 April to Saturday 1 June inclusive and, if all goes to plan, will reopen to the public on Monday 3 June at 10 am. This closure period includes one week for packing up the library, five weeks for the contractors and two weeks for the new shelving to be installed and unpacking of the library books and equipment.
In the last month the library has had two very successful events. Firstly, a visit from local best-selling author Imogen Clark on 15 February which had 28 attendees. Then on 7 March a World Book Day Extravaganza, which started with a visit by author Cathy Oakley Calvert and illustrator Margaret Swift plus Ned the sheepdog and 24 children attended this. This was swiftly followed by Maddie's "massive cake sale". Almost 300 people visited the library that day.
In the coming month there is the final pre-refurbishment meeting of the Burley Reading Group on Friday 22 March at 2.30 pm. They intend to meet at the Coffee Station monthly while the library is closed. There are also a couple of police drop-in surgeries on Monday 18 March and Tuesday 26 March - both from 11 am to 12 noon.
While the library is closed customers can manage their accounts online at www.burleylibrary.org or use other Bradford Council libraries in person. See the Burley Library website for details about the location and opening times of Ilkley and Menston Libraries.
All the staff and volunteers (60+) at Burley Library look forward to welcoming customers back to the newly refurbished library in June. It may even look as good as in this original artist's impression!
Thursday 7 March is World Book Day and Burley Library will be celebrating in style. Instead of Tiny Rhymers that afternoon, there will be a special children's author and illustrator visit which has been organised by Bradford Libraries. The event starts at 1.45 pm and all under 5s or home-schooled over 5s are welcome. Author of "Ned go to Bed", Cathy Oakley Calvert will be visiting along with Ned the sheepdog and illustrator Margaret Swift. They will be telling Ned's adventures and then children will have the opportunity to create their own Ned storyboard.
Following straight on from this event at 2.45 pm Maddie is running a cake and refreshment sale, share a book with your kids and design a bookmark. This will continue for the after-school children. Last year's World Book (Snow) Day had a magnificent attendance of 325.
There will be no Tuneful Tuesdays or Tiny Rhymers the week commencing 18 February as it is half term.
The next date for the Burley Reading Group is Friday 22 February at 2.30 pm and new members are always welcome. They meet once a month in the library for chat and refreshments.
Finally, the next Volunteer Meeting is on Friday 15 March at 1 pm in the library. It would be great if as many volunteers as possible could attend as there will be an update on the library refurbishment. There will also be discussions on the logistics involved since as many strong hands as possible will be needed to help with "packing" and "unpacking" the library in April and May.
Burley Library launched a new rhymetime for babies and their carers on Thursday 10 January. Tiny Rhymers will run every Thursday term-time from 2.15 pm and will last about 30 minutes. Thanks go to our new volunteer Vanessa for being willing to lead this weekly event. Maddie continues to run Tuneful Tuesdays for under 5s on Tuesdays term-time only from 1.45 pm.
There is a display of new books in the foyer for those seeking something different in 2019. The displays inside the library are racing through the alphabet and were last seen at the letter "F".
Over 75 people attended the Christmas Day opening and it was deemed a great success. There have been many words of thanks and even a few cards. Thanks to Niccola Swan and her willing "army" of volunteers for organising and running this event.
Finally there will be a bestselling local author visit and talk on Friday 15 February at 2 pm. Imogen Clark - author of "The Thing About Clare" and "Postcards From a Stranger" - will be giving a free talk and taking questions. This will be followed by refreshments. All library members and non-members are welcome to attend.
The Knitting Group has made a wonderful Dickensian scene based on A Christmas Carol and welcome new members or just those seeking their expert advice. The scene is on display now and the group meets on Thursdays in the library from 4 pm.
This year the library will again be open on Christmas Day between 2 pm and 4 pm for good company, refreshments, games and live music plus the opportunity to borrow and return books. This follows last year's very successful event when over 100 people took the time to drop in. If anyone knows anyone who lives alone or may appreciate some company and/or needs help in getting to the library please get in touch in advance on 01943 863714.
The Burley Painting is now complete and there is a display in the library showing its progress from commission to completion.
Tuneful Tuesdays for under 5s will be participating in the Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge as in previous years. It starts on Tuesday 8 January at 1.45 pm and runs for 4 weeks ending on Tuesday 29 January at 1.45 pm with a special visit from Bookstart Bear to give out certificates to the children who attend. There is no need to attend every week but each week a new rhyme or two will be learnt along with the usual fun of Tuneful Tuesdays. On Tuesday 15 January an outside organisation will be leading - Tiny Signers.
All these events are free to attend and it is free to join and borrow books from anywhere within the Bradford network of libraries. The library also has free wi-fi and free access to a number of subscription sites including Ancestry and FindMyPast. Bradford libraries also have a service for downloading e-books and e-audiobooks which are also free of charge.
Currently on view at the library are several of the displays created by the Burley Local History Group to mark the end of the First World War in the village. The exhibition goes into detail about the people who supported the war effort, and the places in Burley that were featured at the time. The display is on view during normal library opening hours, and volunteers from the Burley Local History Group will be available for questions and discussion on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. The library also has a large selection of books related to this period which will be on display in the foyer until the end of November. They are free to borrow.
The Library Outreach Coordinator Maddie Coelho recently had a very busy day in the library on Tuesday 6 November. Burley Oaks Reception Classes (60+ children) visited for a special story and craft activities including an introduction to the library and what it offers. Many of the children are already members, but new members are always welcome. It is free to join and both to borrow books and attend activities. Maddie based her event on the book "Little Monkey" by Marta Altes which has been given to all reception-aged children in England by the Book Trust under the theme "Time to Read". In the afternoon she had her regular Tuneful Tuesdays slot which runs from 1.45 to 2.45 pm for under 5s and their carers. That week nearly 40 children attended so Maddie had almost 100 children to entertain in the library that day!
The Burley Painting continues and is due to be completed for unveiling at the Christmas lights switch-on Saturday 1 December 2018. The artist Ian Middleton is working on it and is available to discuss the work on Thursday afternoons between about 2 pm and 4 pm until the painting is finally complete.
The next Burley Reading Group meeting is on Friday 23 November at 2.30 pm and new members are welcome. Finally, the Christmas books will be ready to borrow by the beginning of December
Burley Library has recently had a delivery of new adult and children's books, along with some pristine donations that have been added to our stock and are now ready to be borrowed.
If you can't find a book that you want at Burley Library, members can either request the book online at www.burleylibrary.org and have it delivered to the library free of charge, or pop in to the library and ask the volunteers to reserve it for you. This applies to any book available throughout the Bradford Libraries' system. If Bradford doesn’t have the item, charges do apply for requesting - ask at the library for more details.
In addition to this influx of new books Burley Library regularly exchanges books with other libraries so you can always find something new to Burley Library. It most certainly isn't just full of old books ... and caters for all ages, abilities and tastes. We welcome donations of pristine quality recently published books - "once read!" Unfortunately Bradford will not accept anything older or well-read, and any donations of this sort will be added to our book sale which raises funds for the library. Most books on our book sale are available for just 50p each.
There is a police drop-in session with our local community support officer on Tuesday 30 October from 11 am to 12.00 noon. On the same day there is a special Tuneful Tuesdays for the under 5s at 1.45 pm in expectation of Halloween. On 11 November there will be a special display in the Queens Hall by the Burley Local History Group to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. Some of this material will be briefly on display in the library before it moves to the Queens Hall. The library will be supporting this with a display of WW1 books which will be free to borrow
We have had a successful Summer at Burley Library thanks to the efforts of Abi, Maddie and all the volunteers. Over 350 adults and children have attended the various special events put on at the library, including the ever popular Teddy Bears' Picnic. Over 150 children joined the Summer Reading Challenge and 78 completed it and received their certificates and medals. Congratulations to them all. The library also had a stall at the Burley Summer Show which was well received, and has just hosted another very successful Apple Day. The apple juicing kit is available to hire from the Parish Council office.
From September, Tuneful Tuesdays for the under 5s returned at 1.45pm every week (term time only) and special events are planned for Tuesday 16 October when we will be building monster puppets to support Family Learning Week. There will also be a Halloween Tuneful Tuesdays on Tuesday 30 October.
There is also the regular chess club on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3.30 pm, the jigsaw, sudoku, daily newspapers and free wi-fi internet access. On Thursdays you can come along to knit and natter at 4 pm and on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2.30 pm you can have access to the Burley Local History Group's archives and team knowledge. Free access to the Ancestry website without a subscription is also available from within the library building during opening hours. The Burley Library Reading Group meets monthly on a Friday at 2.30 pm and new members are welcome. Last but not least, the library also has thousands of books, talking books, jigsaws, story sacks and even some energy monitors which are all free to borrow. The library space is available to hire in the evenings and when closed.
Yes, we really did have a giant snail and a snake in the library over the summer … luckily as part of the Festival Zoolab event in the library!
Having been saved from closure by Bradford Council, the Parish Council continue to provide a wide range of library services in the village.
The Summer Reading Challenge "Mischief Makers" is in full swing at the library. There is still time to join if your children (ages 4 – 12) can visit the library 3 times and read 6 books in total before the end of the summer holidays. If you get in there quickly, residents can see the Burley Library entry for the Scarecrow Trail which has been built by the library volunteers and children of Burley. During Summer Festival Week there have been a range of suitably themed activities such as the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, a Family History talk, “Bee Inspired” Family Trail in collaboration with Walkers are Welcome and a Festival Reading Group meeting
Looking further ahead there are outline plans for a police surgery drop-in session (police staffing permitting) on Tuesday 28 August and Tuesday 18 September (11 am to 12 noon). In the meantime the very successful under 5s rhyme time/story time/craft Tuneful Tuesdays returns in September on Tuesdays at 1.45 pm.
There's loads going on at the library this Summer for both adults and children.
On Thursday afternoons between 2 and 4 pm artist Ian Middleton is working on a canvas of Burley in Wharfedale village. He welcomes input from the public at these sessions. During the Summer Festival there is a special talk on Wednesday 22 August at 2 pm on the subject "The Excitement and Fascination of Researching your Family Tree". This will be followed by refreshments and a hands on demonstration of research tools. On Friday 24 August at 2.30 pm the Burley Reading Group will be welcoming members of the public to discuss their latest books (titles will be available from the library by the end of July). There is also the regular chess club on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3.30 pm and Knitting Group on Thursdays at 4 pm, along with the Burley Local History Group sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2.30 pm.
For children (aged 4-12) we have the Summer Reading Challenge (Mischief Makers) which is running to the beginning of September. Visit the library 3 times and read a total of 6 books and children will receive lots of goodies themed around the 80th anniversary of the Beano. There are also activities every week during the school holidays, some of which need booking. For under 5s Tuneful Tuesdays is taking a break until September but we have two special events in place. On Friday 10 August at 10.30 am there is "50 things to do before you're five" and on Monday 20 August at 11 am there is the annual Teddy Bears' Picnic. Maddie Coelho will be leading both of these events. She will also be running an event for those aged 4 - 11 which is a joint venture between the library and Walkers are Welcome for the Summer Festival. This will be held on Thursday 23 August at 10 am and is a "Bee Inspired Family Trail" - tickets available through the Summer Festival.
The best thing of all is that ALL these events are completely FREE of charge.
Congratulations to Maddie, Abi and the volunteers at Burley Library. They recently had success at the Rhyme Challenge awards – best practice library – runner up. The Summer Reading Challenge (Mischief Makers) is now underway in the library. This is a very popular way to encourage children to keep reading during the school holidays. Please come in and register – it’s all free.