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The Summer Reading Challenge Gadgeteers launched on 9 July and runs until 10 September. It is aimed at 4 to 12 year olds to encourage reading during the summer holidays. Children who join need to visit the library three times and read six books during this period. In return they will get a kit bag, special folder, stickers and if they complete the challenge a certificate and medal. There are also lots of free activities and events to book. For more information go to www.burleylibrary.org.
In September Worth Connecting hope to hold an improvers tablet course to follow on from the two successful beginners courses they ran in the library during Spring. Both Samsung and Apple devices can be used and learners do not even have to own a tablet to take part, as Worth Connecting can loan tablets to learners who wish to take the six week course. The course is completely free and will run on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30 pm to 3 pm. Please contact the library on 01943 863714 if you are interested.
The Green Shoots community garden is looking very healthy and productive thanks to the efforts of the Green Shoots volunteers. The volunteers are pictured receiving an award from the Act as One Ageing Well Programme for their hard work. Along with a donation from Wharfedale Scone Roses WI, this programme helped to fund the start-up work last year and permanent raised beds. Please feel free to pick a share of anything that is ready!!
Also pictured is the winning entry in the Jubilee Cake Competition. Congratulations Gracie :)
The library is now open until 7 pm on Thursdays to give commuters an opportunity to use its facilities. Books can also be returned via the large drop box near the bins (not the letter box) to the right of the main entrance when the library is closed.
Home grown free events have returned including World Book Day, guest speakers and some children’s author events provided by Bradford Libraries. The growing in popularity Chess Club runs on most weekdays after school. Tuneful Tuesdays from Story Bees at 9.30 am term time only for under 5s is a regular attraction.
Worth Connecting have run a free “Getting Started with a Tablet or iPad” course which will be repeated shortly and they also hope to run a follow-up course for improvers. The course will take place on Tuesday afternoons. Numbers are limited so if you are interested please contact the library, either in person or on 01943 863714.
Thanks to the Burley Youth Forum and generosity of local residents the library now has a large selection of GCSE and A Level textbooks for use in the library’s study area.
Last but not least, the library team and Parish Council wish to thank the Wharfedale Scone Roses WI for their extremely generous donation which has made possible the construction of permanent accessible raised beds at the front of the library. This has enabled the Green Shoots Community Garden project to go full steam ahead!
There is a lot happening in March at the library. It’s World Book Day on Thursday 3 March and Maddie from Story Bees has two events. There will be dragon stories, crafts and free books and refreshments. The first event will be at 2 pm for under 5s and then from 3.30 pm for Reception to Year 6 children and their younger siblings. Each event lasts about an hour.
On Tuesdays from 8 March between 1.30 pm and 3 pm Worth Connecting will be running a free 6 week Tablets for Beginners course. They will supply tablets or you can bring your own. They can even supply tablets on a free loan basis. If you know anyone who may be interested please ask them to contact Becky on 01274 449660 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also the Rhyme Challenge for under 5s which will be run by Maddie in her usual Tuesday morning slot at 9.30 am from 15 March. No need to book, the 30 minute session is held outside the library in Grange Park if the weather is favourable. Otherwise it will be inside the library. It includes a rhymetime, story and bubbles!
Lastly, on Tuesday 5 April there will be an author visit and historical talk by Alison Harrop with the intriguing title “Did Edward II really die in Berkeley Castle in 1327?” Alison has written the historical fiction book “The Mortimer Affair” under the pen name Alice Mitchell which is based on these events. The event is free but numbers are limited and booking essential via the library.
Pictured is the first author visit to the library in over two years. Local author Colin Speakman visited with his latest book and gave a fascinating talk celebrating the extraordinary variety of landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Yorkshire
The library team are looking forward to the rest of 2022 with cautious optimism, with the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us.
With this in mind we are building a programme of events for the forthcoming year. We hope to have a regular timetable of author visits and guest speakers for both adults and children. If you know anyone who would like to give a talk or presentation please let us know. We can’t offer payment but we can offer free promotion and sale of your book or club/society plus tea/coffee/biscuits!
To kick off we have two events in February. On Tuesday 15 February at 2 pm, prolific local author Colin Speakman will be talking about his latest book “Yorkshire: Ancient Nation, Future Province”. Tea/coffee/biscuits will be served after the event on a donation basis. Then, during half term, Jenna Drury will be visiting with her book “Cloud Tales” on Tuesday 22 February from 11 am to 12 noon. This event will include some audience participation and is suitable for families with children aged from about 4 to 9 years. Numbers are limited for both events, so please book via the links which will be on the Love Burley Library! Facebook page, Burley Library website or contact the library direct.
The library is also looking for donations to make its Green Shoots Community Garden more permanent. Last year, food plants and herbs were semi-successfully grown in donated pots and they had a number of well attended events. They would like to fund the construction of permanent raised beds on the slabs at the front of the library, similar to those of the Burley Community Herb Garden at the rear of the library. They are hoping to raise an additional £500 to be able to complete the project so any small amount would be gratefully accepted.
If you get a chance, pop in to see the new permanent display by the Knitting Group in memory of one of their founder members Nellie Thornton who sadly passed away last year. She was a local inspiration who dedicated her life to promoting creative activities for the local community.
Burley Library continues to be open for browsing and computer use and photocopying. Unfortunately we are unable to print from computers at present or provide this service to the public. It also has public wi-fi throughout the building which is free to use. As the building is now open as normal, fines have been reintroduced on overdue books. If you have any forgotten books lurking at home please return them as soon as possible.
The library is hosting a half term event on Tuesday 26 October from 1 pm for about 60 to 90 minutes by Dogs Trust. Join their Education & Community Officer, Donna, for a FREE, fun family workshop to learn all about safe behaviour around dogs and being responsible around our four-pawed friends! To book please go to:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/half-term-fun-for-families-with-dogs-trust-tickets-189891880727 or email the library at email@example.com.
Burley Library has recently hosted two events related to its Green Shoots Community Garden project. In partnership with Burley Gardeners Association, Burley Community Herb Garden and Story Bees, it hosted a Harvest Share and Fun Day. Burley Gardeners provided a magnificent stall with surplus home grown veg available on a donation basis. The herb garden volunteers had free samples to try and gave a tour of the herb garden. Maddie from Story Bees complimented this with family activities and potato harvesting. Over 100 people attended the event which was all held outside. Thankfully it did not rain!!
Two weeks later Burley Library hosted Barney Lerner from Baildon Blossom Honey who gave an animated talk on beekeeping and honey. Everyone involved in these events has enjoyed collaborating with other local community organisations and we hope to continue working together.
The Library Committee will be meeting on Monday 15 November in the library at 9.00 am. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or via Zoom on the link provided on the Burley Parish Council website under Council/Meetings, Agendas and Minutes/Library Committee. The link can be found in the agenda for that date.
Lastly, a reminder that the whole building is available for hire when the library is closed, at very reasonable rates from £10 per hour. The building is currently available on Tuesday evenings, Wednesdays, Friday evenings and Sundays. If you would be interested in hiring the building for any period of one hour or more please contact Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burley Library continues to be open for browsing and computer use including printing and photocopying. It also has public wi-fi throughout the building which is free to use. As the building is now open as normal, fines have been reintroduced on overdue books. If you have any forgotten books lurking at home please return them as soon as possible. Now may also be a good time to pop in to the library to check that your account is up-to-date.
Please could you bring your library cards with you when visiting the library as it makes it much easier for us to find you on the computer system. Please also wear a face covering if you can.
The library’s Green Shoots project is hosting a Harvest Share and Fun Day on Saturday 25 September between 10 am and 1 pm. Along with produce from Green Shoots there will also be surplus veg and plants available from Burley Gardeners’ Association and representations from Burley Herb Garden and Burley Community Orchard. There will be no charge for produce but any small donations to the groups involved would be most welcome. Maddie from Story Bees will also be running free family activities between 10.30 am and 11.30 am which need to be booked in advance via this Eventbrite link . There will also be a guided tour of the Burley Herb Garden and Incredible Edibles by their volunteers. This will set off from the library at 11.30 am.
On Saturday 9 October at 12.00 noon Barney Lerner from Baildon Blossom Honey will be giving a talk/demonstration on beekeeping and honey. He will have honey and wax wraps available to purchase. Booking is not necessary for this event.
The Library Committee will be meeting on Monday 27 September in the library at 9.00 am. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or via Zoom on the link provided on the Burley Parish Council website under Council/Meetings, Agendas and Minutes/Library Committee. Alternatively click here. The link can be found in the agenda for that date.
Lastly, everyone was very happy to see the return of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic in August. We had a fantastic morning. Here are a couple of pictures of the attendees. …
From August the library will be increasing its opening hours. The new hours will be Mondays 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays 2 pm to 6 pm, Fridays 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm. The library is now open for browsing and computer use including printing and photocopying.
The Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes has now launched. Children aged between 4 and 11 can collect a kit from the library. There are also a number of family events in the summer holidays including Nature Performance Poetry, Zoolab and the return of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic (FULLY BOOKED 27.07.21). Booking is essential for these events and numbers are limited. Please contact the library on email@example.com for more information.
Finally, the library’s Green Shoots Community Garden had a launch party on 26 June in association with a team from the Burley Community Trust funded Herb Garden. Over 150 residents attended the outside event which included family activities and stories from Story Bees, games and “plant” treasure trails. It brought a little bit of “normality” back to the library and was enjoyed by all. Pictured are some young attendees and part of the library garden. As part of the Incredible Edible programme, both the herb garden sites and the library now have herbs and vegetables ready to pick and residents are welcome to share in this at no cost over the next few months.
From Tuesday 1 June the library resumed opening on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm in addition to the existing opening times.
Maddie has resumed Tuneful Tuesdays outside in Grange Park at 9.30 am term time only. Booking is essential and limited, and opens every Thursday morning via her Story Bees Facebook page.
Green Shoots Community Garden at the library has a Launch Party on Saturday 26 June between 10 am and 1 pm. Maddie will be running an outdoor session of fun for families with children aged 2 to 11. Booking is essential and limited and can be made through the Love Burley Library! Facebook page. There will be outside activities, tastings and displays for our older members which will be delivered by our volunteers and those of the Burley Community Herb Garden. No booking is required for adult activities.
The Green Shoots project is progressing well. Another Working Group gardening day was held on 29 May in which lots of donated plants were transplanted and weeding done. There is usually someone from the group around every Wednesday at about 10 am, so if you fancy joining in, just come along. There is always watering or weeding needed. The library has delivered 20 Grow from Home kits to Burley Hall Care Home so that the residents can participate. Plant growth was somewhat hampered by a very cold spring but we do have the first signs of tomatoes on our plants inside the library.
Lastly, Bradford Libraries are introducing a new computer library management system from 21 June onwards. From this date customers and volunteers will not have access to their accounts or computer records for a number of days, so you won’t be able to renew or reserve books. It may take a while for full service to be resumed so please bear with us during this time. The last day of normal service will be Saturday 19 June so it may be a good idea to visit the library or renew before this date.
The library welcomed back customers for browsing this week. Measures have been taken to make the space as safe as possible for all. A one way system for entry and exit is in operation. Numbers are limited so you may be asked to wait or cut short your visit. The library is now open Mondays 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm, Tuesdays 2 pm to 5 pm, Thursdays 3 pm to 6 pm, Fridays 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm, and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm. All visitors over the age of 11 are asked to wear a face covering unless medically exempt, sanitise hands on entry, and either scan the Track and Trace QR code if they have the app, or complete a slip if not. Hand sanitiser is also available at various points around the library should you wish to use it during your visit. Please visit alone or with your household/support bubble and avoid planning to meet up with friends for the time being. Public computers and printing are also available for essential use by prior arrangement. We suggest time limits of 20 minutes for browsing and 45 minutes for computer use but you are welcome to stay longer if we are quiet.
Do please have a look at our new displays, including the new notice board for all things green locally, and the library’s resident “Tumbling Tom” tomato plant which is now in full bloom; who will be the first to spot a tomato?? Also have a look at what is going on outside with our Green Shoots project.
We are still offering order and collect and a local home delivery service if you do not feel ready to return to browsing, and will be doing so for the foreseeable future. Recycling of writing instruments and donations of books and jigsaws are still suspended due to space constraints but batteries and stamps can once again be recycled at the library.
The Green Shoots Community Garden project is progressing well. We had our second volunteer day recently in which seed potatoes were planted, radish and rainbow chard were potted on and a Koralik bush tomato came to stay. We still have some Grow from Home kits if you would like to join in, and this project will continue through the summer with appropriate seasonal seeds. Bradford Libraries have also donated £200 worth of children’s gardening tools and equipment so we hope to have some activities for families to get involved with soon.
Meanwhile Maddie continues with Story Bees’ Tuneful Tuesdays on Zoom at 9.30 am for the under 5s (term time only). She has exciting plans to take her session outdoors very soon, so keep checking our Facebook page Love Burley Library! for the latest news.
If you are interested in getting involved in Green Shoots or Grow from Home, please contact Abi at the library.
There’s been a lot going on at the library in the last couple of months even though we are still just offering a limited order and collect plus returns service. This service will continue for the time-being after 12 April. Even though libraries are legally allowed to reopen for browsing from this date, Bradford will be reopening its libraries in a phased and careful manner and will be piloting some of the largest libraries first. We will be working on making the library as safe a place as possible for everyone to return to, so there will be some restrictions such as limited numbers and browsing time in the “new normal”. Watch this space for further news.
New kitchen wall units and alcove cupboards (pictured) have been built and fitted. Many thanks go to Burley Interiors on Station Road for their donation of labour and skills. Sun blinds have been fitted on three of the large windows, and black-out blinds in the adult non-fiction area will make it possible to have slide and film presentations when circumstances allow. Thanks go to the villagers for their generous donations which have made this possible.
World Book Day on 4 March may have been low key but the library does still have a selection of free books to give away. The details can be found at https://www.worldbookday.com/books/ and the limit is one per child. Please email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests and we will reserve them for you. No tokens are required.
Last, but not least, the library has launched its exciting new “Green Shoots” project. Over the next couple of years we plan to create an Accessible Community Garden inside and outside the library, and want as many as possible to be involved.
So far, a small working group of volunteers have tidied up the border by the car park and transplanted a variety of donated herbs and plants for pollinators. We will be growing edible plants of many kinds in big pots this year and would love the community to help us out by “Growing from Home”, sowing seed and growing on plants that we can then transfer to the library garden in a couple of months.
We have a supply of “Grow from Home” kits available, with everything you need to get started. We would especially welcome those over 65, or ones who have been shielding, to contact us if they would like one of these kits. We would be happy to deliver a kit to your home free of charge. Please pass this message on to anyone you think may be interested. We need your help! If you would like to participate please either email the library, or fill in the contact form on the website at Contact Us, or telephone on 01943 863714 and leave a message, or speak to one of the volunteers in the foyer. You can also keep up to date with progress on the library website at Green Shoots or the Facebook page Love Burley Library!
Burley Library remains open during the latest National Lockdown for order and collect, returns, jigsaws and a staff/volunteer operated photocopying service. We also offer a free contactless home delivery service in the local area. It is open on Mondays 10 am to 1 pm, Tuesdays 2 pm to 5 pm, Thursdays 3 pm to 6 pm, Fridays 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm. These services are still permitted under current government regulations.
However, we can no longer offer a “while you wait” service from the foyer. All orders must be made in advance. We ask that you make any reservations or requests online, by email, by telephone or by post (hand delivered accepted also). If you make a request in person please do not be offended if we ask you to come back later to collect rather than waiting. This is what we legally have to do.
We do have a reduced pool of volunteers who are able to operate the service due to shielding and other responsibilities so please bear with us if we have to shut at short notice due to shortages on occasion. This has happened in other local libraries, but so far we have escaped!
We have discontinued the recycling of food pouches such as the Ella’s Kitchen brand due to storage and hygiene issues. We do still offer writing instrument, battery and stamp recycling but would ask that you don’t bring these to the library at this time as there is no public access to the recycling points. We can still offer a water refill if you need this. The library is part of the “Refill” network in which locations will refill your reusable container with tap water at no charge. There is currently no public access to the toilets in the library. The nearest public toilets are at the Queens Hall on Main Street, being accessible between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm every day.
Maddie continues with Story Bees at the Library on Zoom every Tuesday at 9.30 am during term time. Contact the library for codes. She has also been nominated in the Bradford T & A’s “Community Stars” awards. She is a finalist in the “Outstanding Contribution to the Earliest Years of Life” category for her work with the library since 2017 and in particular her “sanity saving” Story Bees videos which she produced for free during the first lockdown in Spring/Summer 2020. If you would like to vote for her the closing date is 31 January.
Last but not least, the library is launching a brand new exciting project for the Village this Spring. “Green Shoots” at Burley Library … watch this space for more details …
Burley Library is currently open for order and collect, jigsaws, returns and a staff/volunteer operated photocopying service. It is open on Mondays 10 am to 1 pm, Tuesdays 2 pm to 5 pm, Thursdays 3 pm to 6 pm, Fridays 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm.
The last day of opening before Christmas will be Tuesday 22 December. It will then only be open for one afternoon on Tuesday 29 December before reopening with the current opening hours on Saturday 2 January.
Maddie is taking a well-deserved break from Tuneful Tuesdays and will return on Zoom on Tuesday 12 January at 9.30 am. If you don’t already have the codes please email the library on email@example.com.
Also on Tuesday 12 January, Bradford Libraries will be launching a free 6 week programme for pre-schoolers called “Stretch with Stories”. The online interactive sessions combine yoga, stretches and music with a different story each week. To book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are still accepting donations of “good as new” books. Fiction should be no older than 5 years and non-fiction 10 years unless they are classic titles.
Finally, many thanks go to the Burley Christmas Lights Team. The library has finally been “reached” and is now included in the stupendous village display and is here pictured in all its glory.
See you in 2021 if not before …
Burley Library is reopening for order and collect and returns on Thursday 3 December. It has been completely closed to the public and customers during the month of National Lockdown to protect the safety of our customers and volunteers.
During this time the volunteers have been making contactless home deliveries. We will continue to offer this service even after we reopen. If the lockdown is resumed at any point we would hope to continue with a home delivery service.
We will reopen on Monday mornings, Tuesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons, Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Only the foyer will be open to the public for the collection of pre-orders and returns. Unfortunately we are unable to offer browsing or use of the computers at this time.
However, we will be introducing a staff/volunteer operated photocopying service. Customers will be able to stand at the entrance to the main library so that their documents are in sight at all times. The volunteer making the copies will practice Covid-secure measures. Payment will be on a donation basis so that no cash handling is involved. Suggested donations are 10p per A4 black and white, 50p A4 colour, 20p per A3 black and white and £1 A3 colour.
Burley Library will be closed during the Christmas period between Wednesday 23 December and Monday 28 December. It will be OPEN on Tuesday 29 December 2 pm to 5 pm. Then it will close again for New Year between Wednesday 30 December and Friday 1 January. It will reopen on Saturday 2 January 10 am to 1 pm.
Maddie continues Tuneful Tuesdays/Story Bees on Zoom at 9.30 am term time only. The session lasts 30 minutes and is suitable for newborns to pre-schoolers and even slightly older home-schooled children. It includes interactive singing and rhymes, a story and a simple craft. If you would like to attend please email the library on email@example.com for the codes.
We look forward to seeing you back at the library when you feel comfortable doing so!
It’s Bradford Baby Week from 9 to 13 November on the theme of “Why Wellbeing Matters”. There will be a full programme of events district wide which can be downloaded at https://www.betterstartbradford.org.uk/nurturing-knowledge/baby-week-bradford/. Maddie has a special “Burley’s Babies” event at 9.30 am on Tuesday 10 November which will last 30 minutes. It’s not just for babies – anyone under 5 or home-schooling will enjoy it, and it will be based on the book “Avocado Baby”. The event will be delivered via Zoom live from the library. Please contact the library by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend as you will need access codes.
Burley Library featured in “The People’s Friend” Summer Special in June which included a positive “feel-good” article about the library along with interviews of some of the volunteers. If you would like to read it go to the Library News page of the Burley Library website on www.burleylibrary.org.
In the last newsletter we advised of the delay in obtaining new books because of Bradford’s book supplier going into administration. There is no long term solution for this in the foreseeable future and applies to all adult books. Children’s books come from a different supplier so are still being obtained. One of Burley’s residents came up with a very good idea and we would like your help. “Sponsor a Book” is a new scheme which will be launched by Burley Library in November. We would like your suggestions for any new or classic book titles you would like to see in stock. We will compile an ongoing “Wish List” which will always be visible on the Burley Library website. Then if you would like to either donate towards the book, or buy a copy, or give a copy to the library we can put it into stock and it can go into circulation for the benefit of all. If you have a suggestion please email the library or drop a note in when it is open. In the meantime, don’t forget that many new books are still available to read or listen to digitally at Borrowbox on Bradford Libraries.
The library is now open on Mondays 10 am to 1 pm, Tuesdays 2 pm to 5 pm, Fridays 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm. From Thursday 8 October it will also be open on Thursdays from 3 pm to 6 pm.
The majority of Bradford’s libraries are now open for order and collect and returns which gives members a huge catalogue of books to choose from. The library is getting a couple of deliveries a week and you can have up to 25 items per borrower on loan at any one time, so don’t hold back in your ordering. However, there will be a considerable delay in purchasing any new books as Bradford’s book supplier Bertrams went into administration during the pandemic. So it would be better to avoid requesting any new books that are not showing as available on the catalogue. Unfortunately, we cannot give a date for when this problem will be resolved.
The easiest way to order is online via www.burleylibrary.org. You will need your borrower number and PIN. If you don’t have either of these please contact the library by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01943 863714 during opening hours. When your requests arrive you will be contacted by telephone and a collection date arranged. It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance on what day you are collecting so that we can pre-issue your books and have them waiting for you.
Maddie has resumed Tuneful Tuesdays from the library which runs live on Zoom on Tuesdays (term time only) at 9.30 am. Pictured are Maddie and some of the families enjoying the fun. Please contact the library by email or Facebook if you would like to join in as you will need Zoom codes to attend.
It is Libraries Week from Monday 5 October to Saturday 10 October. Bradford is celebrating with a large number of events for both adults and children, some of which need booking in advance. Information on these can be found at:-
Donations of “good as new” books can now be accepted. Fiction should be no older than 5 years and non-fiction 10 years unless they are classic titles.
Finally, there is no let-up in the enthusiasm of Burley’s residents for volunteering. We have three new volunteers starting at the library in the next few weeks. Thank you all for your continuing support.
The library has now reopened and is open for click and collect of pre-orders, borrowing jigsaws and returns. It is open on Tuesdays 2 pm to 5 pm, Fridays 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm. From Monday 7 September it will also be open on Mondays 10 am to 1 pm.
Many Bradford Libraries are now open for the same service and the easiest way to order is online via www.burleylibrary.org. You will need your borrower number and PIN. If you don’t have either of these please contact the library by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01943 863714 during opening hours. When your requests arrive you will be contacted by telephone and a collection date arranged. It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance on what day you are collecting so that we can pre-issue your books and have them waiting for you.
If you are nervous about returning to the library or borrowing books, please be assured that all books are quarantined on return for 72 hours and volunteers preparing your order are practising safe covid measures such as regular hand sanitising. Please have a look at the attached pictures to see what your “new” library service point looks like. Face coverings must be worn in the foyer unless you are exempt for any reason. Unfortunately there is still no access to the public computers and photocopier but Bradford Libraries are working on making these available in the next stage of reopening.
In other news, Maddie will be returning with a Zoom rhymetime, story and craft on Tuesdays at 9.30 am (term time only) from Tuesday 8 September. This will be broadcast live from the library and will not be recorded for later viewing so participants will need to be up bright and early. To join, please contact the library by email as you will need codes in advance. The session will last about 30 minutes. David is running “Chess in the Park” with a giant socially distanced chess set – weather permitting – during normal opening hours and the Burley Reading Group have been meeting throughout lockdown every 2 weeks by Zoom.
Services offered are continually updating so it may be worth checking out the Burley Library website on www.burleylibrary.org between newsletters.
The library will be reopening for limited services from Tuesday 21 July. It will be open for returns on Tuesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm, Fridays from 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm.
Members will also be able to order and collect in pre-allocated time slots by the following methods:-
Specific books can be ordered through the online system at www.burleylibrary.org or by emailing the library at email@example.com. You can also telephone the library during opening hours or leave a message. As not all libraries in the Bradford area will be open at this stage, choice will be limited and there will be delays in receiving books. Initially there will be no van service between libraries in operation so you will only be able to choose from stock that is in Burley Library itself. Alternatively, you can order a small quantity of books by a specific author if we have stock, by genre eg crime, subject matter, age range eg board books, picture books, young adult fiction, large print, quick reads or talking books. If you are emailing or telephoning please include your library card no, name, address and phone number as well as your specific requests.
When your order is ready you will be contacted by telephone to let you know. Please do not come to the library unless you have been contacted and we have agreed on a specific time slot. If you cannot come to the library for any reason, contactless home delivery in the local area can be arranged free of charge. Please do not come to the library if you are unwell in any way but absolutely not if you have coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough or loss/change in smell or taste). If you are unwell or self-isolating please contact the library and we can arrange for your books to be delivered contactlessly. If this is the case please do not ask the volunteers to take any returns back to the library. Wait until you are better or not self-isolating. Please do not ask anyone else to return items if you are unwell or self-isolating.
A face covering should be worn if you are visiting the library. On arrival at the library please queue outside at 2 metre intervals. Only one household may enter and remain in the foyer at any one time. Once you have entered the foyer please immediately use the hand sanitiser provided. You will then find a counter in the foyer where you can deposit returned items into boxes where the books will be quarantined for 72 hours. Please advise the volunteer in the foyer of your name and your pre-issued items will be brought to you. Please bring your own bags if possible. We would prefer it if you did not use the outside drop box at this time.
There will be no public access to the main library building at this time and the public computers and printing/photocopying facilities will not be available. We will be reviewing this service in a couple of weeks and hope to be able to introduce a remote printing/photocopying service ASAP. Free wi-fi is available outside the library building. The username is Library and the password is BookWorm.
If you are not a library member you can join online at www.burleylibrary.org. Please could you let any relatives, friends or neighbours who are not online about the reopening of the library and resumption of these services. If you have joined online during the closure period, please bring some id containing your name and address to the library and we will be able to issue you with your library card and upgrade you to full service.
In other news, Maddie is taking a well-deserved break from virtual storytime. She has not missed a week since lockdown and most of her sessions can still be found on Facebook at either Love Burley Library! or Story Bees. Thank you Maddie for all your hard work. You have kept the children of the village entertained and parents sane!
We look forward to seeing our customers and volunteers very soon. We have missed you all!!
Pictured is the Library Committee in a Zoom Meeting making preparations for reopening the library.
The Parish Council is planning for a partial and phased reopening of a physical library service as soon as is possible. Initially this will probably comprise of a book returns/drop service along with a click and collect/delivery service in the local area. Both of these services will be completely contactless and fully risk assessed for Covid-19. Bradford Libraries are planning to introduce a limited service from 6 July in hub libraries. We hope to restart later in July as we are finally having our hot water boiler replaced on 6 and 7 July and the building will need a quarantine period and full clean after this. There will be no access to the building for the general public during this phase of service.
Unfortunately Burley Parish Council could not offer this service before now as we are dependent on Bradford Council for the computer library management system. This was switched off at the start of the pandemic and we are waiting for it to switched back on, but we have no firm dates and are unable to offer this remote service without it.
Once we can offer the service we would envisage that customers could place requests through the online system at www.burleylibrary.org, by email to the library or by telephone. The library does have an answer phone so please leave a message if it is closed. The library would be open for a couple of short sessions per week during which time books could be dropped off, and by prior arrangement collected. There will be no access inside the library for the public at this stage.
In the meantime digital services continue. There is Maddie’s weekly storytime and craft on Mondays at 10.30 am through her Facebook page Story Bees. Attached is a photo of one of the children’s creations from her recent session in aid of anti-racism charities. The story and theme for this session was “Mixed”.
Access is available through the library website to BorrowBox for borrowing digital e-books and e-audiobooks. Also to AncestryLibrary from home during the pandemic and other electronic resources for research. The Reading Group continues to meet by Zoom. It is also still possible to join the library and there is an online form for this purpose. If your card has expired please email the library and we can arrange for your membership to be updated. The library email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the Digital Summer Reading Challenge launched on 5 June and runs throughout the Summer. This year’s theme is “Silly Squad”. Children can access games, quizzes and downloadable activities at www.sillysquad.org.uk. Set up an account and set a reading goal (usually 6 books) and when each book is completed, add it to your profile, give it a rating and leave a review. You can unlock digital rewards along the way and when you reach your goal you can download a certificate to keep.
Finally, Bradford Literature Festival is running a digital programme from 26 June to 5 July with 10 days of free online events, some live, some on demand. For more information go to www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk.
We look forward to welcoming our customers and volunteers back to the library in the not too distant future. In the meantime please stay at home as much as possible and stay safe.
The library’s doors may be closed but many of its services are still open to the public.
If you are not a library member you can still apply to join the library by completing the online form at www.burleylibrary.org.
Once you are a member you can access services such as Borrow Box where you can borrow e-books to read and e-audiobooks to listen to on your devices. With your library card number you can also access Press Reader and read over 7000 daily newspapers and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages.
Maddie is running a storytime and craft activity from 10.30 am every Monday on her Facebook page (Story Bees). This is also shared on the Love Burley Library! Facebook page. She posts the list of items that are needed for the craft a few days in advance and the live video of her event is available for a limited time after the event.
Bradford Libraries are also running an online reading group, a weekly Lego challenge and a rhyme/storytime every Friday at 10 am. All these activities can be found on the Bradford Libraries Facebook page.
At this stage, please do not return your books to the library drop box. Please keep them together at your home. The library management computer systems at the library have been switched off by Bradford so the books will still show on your ticket even if you have returned them. Please do not phone the library as messages cannot be picked up remotely. If you wish to renew your books please do this online. However, no fines will be raised during this period. If you need to contact the library please email email@example.com.
Whilst the library has been closed some of the volunteers have been very busy. Michael and Rachel Gresswell renovated and polished the large library tables and now they look like new. Thank you Michael and Rachel.
If any of the volunteers are missing volunteering the Love Burley team would always welcome extra help in assisting those who are shielding or self-isolating. Some of this can be done from home so even those who are shielding can help. More information on how to volunteer can be found at:-
The library’s doors may be closed but many of its services are still open to the public.
If you are not a library member you can still apply to join the library by completing the online form at www.burleylibrary.org.
Once you are a member you can access services such as Borrow Box where you can borrow e-books to read and e-audiobooks to listen to on your devices. With your library card number you can also access Press Reader and read over 7000 daily newspapers and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages.
Maddie is running a storytime and craft activity from 10.30 am every Monday on her Facebook page (Story Bees). She posts the list of items that are needed for the craft a few days in advance and the live video of her event is available for a limited time after the event.
Bradford Libraries are also running an online reading group, a weekly Lego challenge and a rhyme/storytime every Friday at 10 am. All these activities can be found on the Bradford Libraries Facebook page.
At this stage in the crisis, please do not return your books to the library drop box. Please keep them together at your home. The library management computer systems at the library have been switched off by Bradford so the books will still show on your ticket even if you have returned them. Please do not phone the library as messages cannot be picked up remotely. If you wish to renew your books please do this online. However, no fines will be raised during this period. If you need to contact the library please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To keep up to date with new services from your library go to the Facebook page Love Burley Library! or www.burleylibrary.org.
Please continue to stay at home and stay safe everyone.
Since the time of writing this article, the library has had to close (23 March 2020) due to the Covid-19 crisis. It is now CLOSED for the foreseeable future. Please follow the government's stay at home advice which is for everybody, not just the vulnerable. Please don't return books to the drop box at the library at this stage. All fines will be waived during this period. You can still renew your books online from home. The volunteers to do not have access to the library computer system or the library telephone to pick up any messages. The hoped for home delivery service is not available at this stage in the crisis. Stay at home and stay safe.
So far there is no requirement for public buildings to close – although this is looking ever more likely as each day passes. Therefore for the moment the Queens Hall and Library are still open and we ask that all users take into consideration their own personal circumstances when using the building in the coming weeks. We would ask members of the public not to put others at risk.
We have purchased (but not yet installed) hand sanitisers which will go at the front doors of both the Queens Hall and Library (note these will be securely mounted and not the easily pocketable variety). At the same time we have increased the cleaning of doorknobs, handles and common work surfaces at the Queens Hall and Library. But this is not the same as a full clean of all books and equipment. The library does have a few bottles of hand sanitizer and requests that all people entering the library either wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before using the services within the library.
The Parish Council has also cancelled the regular Wednesday morning public drop in sessions at the Parish Council offices, but of course we are still contactable over the phone and via e-mail.
If you know anyone who is vulnerable who does not want to go out but would like some books taking out or returning, please ask for this to be included when you join the buddy scheme.
The library recently took delivery of some new furniture for the children’s area (pictured). The new tables and chairs, book browsers and seating were provided thanks to legacies and donations from Burley Community Trust, Burley Educational Trust, Ilkley Round Table, Dale Eddison and Burley Nursery School. The old tables and chairs will not go to waste as they are being donated to a charity which provides educational equipment to children in Africa.
On the subject of fundraising – if residents and visitors have a Co-op Members’ Card they can choose a local good cause as their nominated charity by going online to their Co-op account at https://www.coop.co.uk/membership. Currently one of these local good causes is the library by means of Burley Community Trust. 1% of any money spent on Co-op branded products along with scanning the Members’ Card can directly benefit the library. The library started to benefit from this scheme in December and will do so for a year. So far £260 has been raised. Even though the children’s area of the library is now almost complete, new comfortable seating and storage is still needed for other parts of the library – along with a new hot water boiler!!
Bradford Libraries started a new public consultation on Monday 10 February which will run until Sunday 15 March 2020. Bradford Libraries still need to make substantial financial cuts to their service in the future financial year and this consultation welcomes comments on their future vision particularly relating to the use of current library buildings. Whilst this does not directly affect Burley Library as the Parish Council now owns the building, Burley Library is still substantially supported by Bradford Council - both financially and by provision of service. Please read the supporting documentation and complete the online survey at https://bradford.moderngov.co.uk/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=228.
There are lots of forthcoming events at the library. It’s World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with two children’s sessions at 2.15 and 3.30 pm. The library will be introducing fortnightly Health and Wellbeing mornings on every first and third Monday of the month starting on Monday 16 March and Monday 6 April at 11 am with coffee mornings. From Monday 20 April and going forward these coffee mornings will be complemented with a seated exercise class at 10.15 am. These classes and coffee mornings have been organised thanks to Well Wharfedale and are supported by Grange Park Surgery. The classes will be led by Liz Chapman, an experienced local instructor trained by Extend. Extend is a charity focussed on training in exercise techniques to music for older people and those with disabilities. There will be no charge for any of these activities but donations are welcome.
For more on what’s on at the library go to www.burleylibrary.org
Did you know the library is available to hire by the hour when it is closed? It is a warm, welcoming, flexible space along with accessible toilet and small kitchen for making drinks. Rates are very reasonable. To discuss your requirements, availability and costs, please contact the staff at the Queens Hall on 01943 864728 or email@example.com. To give you an idea of groups that have used the library space, we have had rehearsals for theatre groups, choirs, slimming groups, yoga, U3A classes, small business presentations and healthy living events.
Events in January include the continuation of the Rhyme Challenge on Tuesdays at 1.45 pm for under 5s and a number of police drop in sessions. Along with this are the regular events such as the monthly meeting of the Reading Group, Tiny Rhymers for under 2s on Thursdays at 2.15 pm, the Knitting Group on Thursdays from 4 pm, Chess Club on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3.30 pm, the everlasting jigsaw, Sudoku, Tea and Tablets and even the occasional coffee morning. The Burley Local History Group opens its doors for enquiries on a Friday afternoon between 2.30 and 4.30 pm. The Yorkshire Post and i are available to read every day the library is open, along with the Ilkley Gazette. Lastly, printing and photocopying facilities are available whenever the library is open along with free wifi and free use of the library computers which include the full Microsoft Office package.
For up to date details go to www.burleylibrary.org
Hot off the press – the library will be open again on Christmas Day, between 3 pm and 5 pm for cuppas, cake and company. Thanks go to Chris Turner who is organising it this year. If you can offer any help in preparation, clear up and on the day, please contact him direct on 07801 966531. Donations of cake, mince pies etc are welcome in advance, to the library please, during normal opening hours.
The library will also be closed on Tuesday 24 December, Thursday 26 December, Tuesday 31 December and Wednesday 1 January. Otherwise opening times are as normal.
The Rhyme Challenge kicks off on Tuesday 7 January at 1.45 pm for our younger readers in the usual Tuneful Tuesdays slot. Those who attend the final week on Tuesday 4 February will get to meet Bookstart Bear and receive a Rhyme Challenge certificate. They can also enter the Rhyme Challenge prize draw for the chance to win exciting goodies.
Last, but not least, for our older readers there is an author visit and talk by local author Stuart Campbell on Friday 17 January at 2 pm. Stuart has written the local interest book “Something in the Aire”. This event is free of charge and refreshments will be available after the talk.
For up to date details go to www.burleylibrary.org
News just in - there will be a Public Engagement drop in session at Burley Library on Thursday 28 November between 1 pm and 2.30 pm facilitated by managers from Bradford Libraries. This is your (users and volunteers) opportunity to discuss and comment on possible future changes to Bradford Libraries from April 2020 (including Burley, even though it is not directly managed by Bradford Council anymore, it is still affected). Please do attend if you can and/or fill in the online survey at:-
These will be your only opportunities to tell Bradford Council what you want from a library network and to help shape proposals. Your opinion does count, so please use it!
Fundraising at Burley Library continues with gusto and we almost have enough to buy all the furniture we need. The Parish Council have recently purchased from donated funds a new story-time sofa and a “tester” chair for the adult seating area. Please give this chair a trial run (Ikea Poang in grey) and let us know what you think. If opinions are positive, more will be purchased. As a result of very generous donations from many residents, local charity grant funding, the Stephen H Smith’s raffle organised by Jackie Whiteley and gifts from local businesses, the Parish Council will shortly be purchasing additional (and much needed) children’s picture book storage, craft tables and chairs. This will complete the “new look” children’s area.
The Parish Council and Library Committee greatly appreciate the generous spirit of the local community. However, it looks likely that fundraising will need to continue into the future to help cover the library’s running costs. Bradford Council has been contributing to utility bills, some repairs and Business Rates for the last three years, but after April 2020 they may withdraw this support. This support amounts to a substantial figure which the library needs in order to keep running. If you can support the library in any way, small or great, this is greatly appreciated. It all adds up! Even coming in to use our photocopier contributes to library funds. Envelopes are available in the library for anonymous donations and any cheques should be made payable to Burley Parish Council. Also, with this in mind, the library is available for hire outside opening hours at very reasonable rates. Please contact Cate Perman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It’s a lovely, warm, open and inviting space since the refurbishment. If you haven’t seen it since, please do pop in and have a look.
Finally, Wharfedale Valley Voices will be performing at the library on Saturday 14 December at 11 am. Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served on a donation basis.
For more on what’s on at the library go to www.burleylibrary.org
October has been a busy month for Burley Library. This included Libraries Week with two special group visits.
On the morning of Tuesday 8 October, 32 children from Burley Nursery School were entertained by Maddie. They also brought along with them a very generous donation towards library funds from the proceeds of their bouncy castle at the Burley Summer Festival. We are very grateful for this and it will be put to good use.
On Wednesday 9 October the Mothers’ Union from St Mary’s Church paid a closed doors’ visit to the library. Abi gave them a brief history of the library service in Burley in Wharfedale (which initially started in The Grange) and the current building which is now 45 years old. Then they toured some of the library artefacts including those from Tereli, the Burley Painting by Ian Middleton, the original artist’s impression of the planned library and the photographs on the shelving end panels. Then Margaret Nunnerley from the Burley Local History and Archive Group gave a talk about the group’s work and some of the publications they have for sale. The group was originally started by Dennis and Margaret Warwick in the 1980’s and continues to this day holding drop in sessions in the library on a Friday afternoon from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Quite a few of the visiting ladies had not been to the library for a number of years and commented on the good changes to the building and said they would return.
Libraries Week climaxed with a performance on Saturday 12 October by the Wharfedale Junior Handbell Ringers which was well attended.
Forthcoming events include the Family Learning Festival during which Story Bees will present two activities on Tuesday 22 October. The first will be at 1.45 pm for pre-schoolers and home schooled children up to Key Stage 1, then the second will be at 3.30 pm for those of primary school age and their younger siblings. Plus there’s Chess Club on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3.30 pm to 4.45 pm every week.
In early November it’s Bradford Baby Week. There will be special events to support this at Tuneful Tuesdays at 1.45 pm on 5 November and also at Tiny Rhymers on Tuesday 7 November at 2.15 pm.
Finally on Saturday 16 November between 10.30 am and 11.30 am there will be a chance to talk to your local district councillors at the Wharfedale District Councillors’ Surgery. There is no need to book as this is a drop in session.
For full details of all these events go to www.burleylibrary.org
Monday 19 August saw the largest number of visitors that Burley Library has ever had with an attendance of 571. This was primarily due to the Teddy Bears’ Picnic which, thanks to the weather co-operating for the most part, was held outside in the park. Bookstart Bear was a big hit and made two appearances, the second by popular demand inside the library.
This followed the Grand Official Reopening on Saturday 17 August. Over 300 attended and were entertained by Wharfedale Valley Voices Choir and Story Bees. £850 was raised by the raffle towards the library “Wish Lists”. Thanks go to all who supported this, especially to Stephen Smith’s Garden Centre who provided the prizes.
Two legal experts will be coming to Burley Library from Gordons Solicitors in Leeds on Friday 27 September at 2 pm. They will be giving a presentation on the topic “Wills and Powers of Attorney – When do I need them?” This will be followed by a question and answer session. This event is free of charge with no obligation and all are welcome. There is a Wharfedale District Councillors’ Surgery on Saturday 21 September from 10.30 am to 11.30 am and a number of police drop-in sessions in September and October. See www.burleylibrary.org for details.
For the younger ones there is National Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October with special guest Sue Dyde from Shout Drama! performing a storytime and silly rhymes based around the book “Sometimes I feel Sunny” by Gillian Shields. This event replaces Tiny Rhymers and runs from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm. All pre-schoolers are welcome.
It’s Libraries Week between Monday 7 and Saturday 12 October. There are no additional activities planned (except for a closed doors visit to the library and archives from the local Mothers Union on Wednesday 9 October) but there is always lots going on in the library so come along and support these activities. See http://www.burleylibrary.org/regular-activities.html for details of the library’s regular activities. Then on Tuesday 15 October at 1.45 pm there will be a special visit from the “50 things to do before you’re five in Bradford” Initiative. Again, this is suitable for all pre-schoolers.
Finally, on Tuesday 22 October Story Bees will be presenting, not one, but two, special events in support of the Family Learning Festival. The theme is “Around the World” and Maddie will have activities at 1.45 pm and then again after school around 3.30 pm.
Last, but not least, the library is having another volunteer recruitment drive. If you would be interested in volunteering, please get in touch with the library by email at email@example.com, by phone or in person. Please could you leave details of your name, email address and availability. See page http://www.burleylibrary.org/how-you-can-help.html for information on shift times. You only need to commit to one or two shifts per month.
bURLEY LIBRARY NOW HAS A 'BRIGHT, NEW FUTURE' FROM ILKLEY GAZETTE 22.08.19
Burley in Wharfedale Community Managed Library was officially reopened on Saturday by Bruce Speed.
Bruce was chairman of a group of local residents that was committed to restoring the library building and preserving it for future generations.
Burley Parish Council injected the funds and carried out the recent external and internal refurbishment work. The library also received grants and donations towards new library shelving and furniture from Burley Educational Trust, Ilkley Round Table, Burley Community Trust, Burley Summer Festival and many local residents.
The village now has a modern and inviting flexible space which can be hired by groups and individuals when the library is closed to the public, at a very modest cost.
The opening celebration, which included a performance by Wharfedale Valley Voices Choir, children’s story and craft activities, and refreshments, was attended by over 300. The following day, the library played host to a Healthy Living Event as part of the Burley Summer Festival which was attended by over 200. Then, on Monday, the library and adjoining park were the venue for the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic which was attended by over 150.
Senior Library Assistant and Volunteer Co-ordinator Abigail Skerrey said “Burley in Wharfedale Library is a great example of how local and council wide groups and organisations can join forces to promote and use the library space to the full, in beneficial, creative and innovative ways. The library also hosts the Local History Group on a permanent basis and has even opened on Christmas Day to target those who might be on their own and lonely. The local theatre group uses it for rehearsals, a local walking group use it as their weekly meeting point and it has even been used for yoga and pilates. These complement more “conventional” library activities such as story and rhyme-times, author visits, knitting groups, reading groups, chess, educational talks and digital learning. Activities such as these mean that the library attracts a far wider audience than might stereotypically be expected from a library, and means that the library is really well used and loved by the community. Libraries can be real “Culture Hubs” – central points around which communities can grow and thrive. Also, because Burley Library now belongs to the Parish, it really does belong to the residents and they treat it as if it is their own.”
Pictured at the opening ceremony along with Bruce Speed are Burley Parish Councillors Mike Wild, Jan Lepley and Vicky Evans, along with Abigail Skerrey, Mandy Webb from Bradford Libraries and library volunteers and local residents.
Following swiftly on from the library's Grand Official Reopening on Saturday (more on that elsewhere in this newsletter), good weather is hoped for on Monday 19 August. The Annual Teddy Bears' Picnic will be held from 11 am to 1 pm in Grange Park just outside the library. If it is raining the event will still go ahead inside the library but it will be a tight squeeze and a chance to make lots of new friends. Please bring a bear, a picnic, and a waterproof rug/mat to sit on outside. The ground is bound to be damp. There will be activities from Story Bees and the Family Learning Team, face painting and balloon modelling, and a special guest appearance from Bookstart Bear (providing he is well enough!). The event is completely free and is best suited to children up to about Key Stage 1 including babies - along with their families!! Older children are welcome but just be aware it may be a little young for them.
There are other events going on at the library during Burley Summer Festival and as part of the Summer Reading Challenge Space Race - please see the library's July news in the section below for more details of these events.
The Burley Gardeners' Association Annual Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August between 2.15 and 4.45 pm in the Queens Hall. The library will be having a stall at the show (the library itself will be closed) where you can find out about the services and activities on offer, and even join the library. There will also be free seeds on offer!!
Moving into September, Story Bees/Tuneful Tuesdays and Tiny Rhymers return the week commencing Tuesday 3 September. There will be a meeting for library volunteers (and anyone interested in volunteering) on Friday 13 September at 1 pm and the Library Committee meets on Wednesday 18 September at 9 am. The Wharfedale District Councillors will be holding an open surgery on Saturday 21 September between 10.30 am and 11.30 am.
Friday 27 September at 2 pm there will be a free legal seminar/talk by Alice Leslie from Gordons Solicitors entitled "Wills and Powers of Attorney - do I need one?" Anyone who has children or property seriously needs to consider this issue and there are many other reasons for doing so. This talk provides a great opportunity to obtain free introductory legal advice on the subject. There will be several Police drop in sessions during September and October. See the page http://www.burleylibrary.org/special-events.html for more details.
Finally, fundraising continues towards the library "Wish List" but some sizeable donations have been received and grants obtained so it shouldn't be too long before customers see a few positive additions to the library equipment. Thanks go to all supporters of the library, especially Burley Parish Council, Burley Community Trust, Burley Educational Trust, Ilkley Round Table and all those who have donated their time, energy and resources.
The library is bursting at the seams with activities this Summer. The biggest date in the library's diary is Saturday 17 August, which is also the start of the Burley Summer Festival. That morning, from 10 am to 1 pm, the library will be holding a Grand "Official Reopening" Celebration, to which all are invited to come. Wharfedale Valley Voices Choir will be performing at 11 am. Maddie will be keeping the younger audience entertained with a story and craft, and there will be refreshments and cakes (cake donations gratefully received). This is a big weekend for the library as it is also being used for the Health and Wellbeing Event on Sunday 18 August. The library will not be open for book borrowing that day though. Then on Monday 19 August it's the annual Teddy Bears' Picnic from 11 am to 1 pm in the park (weather permitting), or in the library (weather not permitting). There will be rhymes, stories, crafts, face painting, balloon modelling and a visit from Bookstart Bear. Please bring your own picnic and bear for company. Also as part of Festival Week, Tuesday 20 August brings a Board Games Challenge to the library from 2.30 pm to 5 pm, then on Wednesday 21 August (library closed) there will be the talk "The Fast-changing World of Communication" from 2 pm to 4 pm. This event is free but booking is required through Burley Summer Festival. Burley Library will also be on the Heroes and Villains Scarecrow Trail and its entry will be ... Buzz Lightyear.
Before all that, the Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 12 year olds has already launched and is heading "to infinity and beyond!". This year's theme is Space Chase to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings. There are activities during the school holidays every Monday except Bank Holiday Monday. These include a treasure hunt, space quiz, space ship building/painting and a comic art workshop. Finally, on Tuesday 27 August there is a children's author visit. For more details of these events see the picture associated with this article. The Summer Reading Challenge doesn't end until Saturday 14 September this year so there is plenty of time to complete by visiting the library 3 times and reading 6 books.
Finally, congratulations are in order for Maddie. For the second consecutive year she has won an award at Bradford Libraries' Rhyme Challenge Awards. "Well done Maddie!"
The library is open!! It reopened to the public on Monday 3 June after a manic two week period of unpacking, cleaning and shelving.
The library team wishes to give their thanks and appreciation to the many volunteers who helped in this work - some of them almost full time! Thanks also go to Maddie Coelho for the mural she designed and painted for the children's area. Also thanks to Richard Bunce, Ian Middleton and David Bond who allowed us to use their work on the graphic end panels of the new shelving. Thanks must also go to Janet for her flapjack and David for his "Happy Renewal" Library Cake - the recipe for which is on the Love Burley Library! Facebook page.
The library had a very busy opening week with lots of residents coming to take a look at the newly refurbished library, helped along by the local schools still being on holiday. There are still some outstanding works to be completed and unpacking, but please be reassured that full service has resumed.
Relaunch week was Bookstart Week with lots of giveaways at Tuneful Tuesdays and Tiny Rhymers. Chess Club on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and Knitting Group at 4 pm on Thursday afternoons have restarted and there are a number of Police Drop-in sessions and Wharfedale District Councillor surgeries planned. Please see the library website www.burleylibrary.org for full details.
Burley Summer Festival volunteers will be selling tickets and taking bookings from Saturday 20 July until Monday 12 August on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Monday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm. These sessions are the only opportunity to get tickets in person until Saturday 17 August when all sales move to the Roundhouse which will be open every day during the Festival.
The ever popular Summer Reading Challenge launches for 4 to 12 year olds on Saturday 13 July. Children have all of the Summer Holidays to complete the challenge. This year's theme is Space Chase and there are lots of complementary events.
Finally, a Grand "Official Reopening" is planned for the Saturday morning of 17 August. Watch this space for more details ...
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.