Get ready for Libraries Week
Published: Thursday 5th October 17
October 9-14 is the first annual national Libraries Week, and there is a packed programme of events in Wandsworth libraries to celebrate.
Libraries Week is run by the professional body the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and aims to help people discover the range of different things people can do in their local library, including reading, learning, creative activities and more.
Meet Beryl Kingston at Tooting Library (below)
Highlights during the week in Wandsworth include special Baby Rhyme Times and children’s story times, a group reading session, poetry readings with Emma Simon and Giles Turnbull, a chance to meet local author Beryl Kingston, performances of two David Mamet plays and Living Libraries – a drop-in session at the Wandsworth Heritage Service showing how libraries have changed.
In 2014/15, the last year for which comparative statistics are available, almost a million and a half books were issued to Wandsworth’s library users – the second highest level in London. Meanwhile three quarters of a million children’s books were issued – more than in any other London borough.
The council awarded an eight-year contract to Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) in 2013 to manage the borough’s 11 libraries and heritage service, and since then has been working in close partnership with the charitable social enterprise.
There has been a significant investment in buildings, greater efficiencies and a better service to the public including new online resources, cloud-based printing and photocopying, more e-books, shorter waiting times for reserved items, online learning sessions and a comprehensive programme of events.
Investment has also been made to improve the library buildings themselves, including improvements to Battersea, Earlsfield, Tooting and York Gardens libraries.
Councillors have approved plans for a new Northcote Library and there will be new York Gardens and Roehampton libraries as part of major estate regeneration schemes. Work is expected to start soon on a new Wandsworth Town library as part of the regeneration of Wandsworth town centre.
Keep up to date with Library Week events, and other events including those celebrating Diversity Month, by following @wandsworthlibs on Twitter.