Summer celebration of borough’s libraries

Published: Friday, August 16, 2019

As the council’s summer-long celebration of the borough’s libraries comes to an end, the senior councillor responsible for the service has been meeting archivists at the Wandsworth Heritage Service who work to preserve the borough’s written past.

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Cabinet member for Community Services and Open Spaces Cllr Steffi Sutters paid a visit to the service at Battersea Library to find out about the treasure trove of information it contains.

“We’ve got ancestry.co.uk which allows you to look up your family history and many other resources like that which are subscription-based, although if you can’t afford one yourself you can use ours.”

She explained how, as someone with a hearing impairment, the written word is especially important to her and stressed the council’s commitment to its 11 libraries.  “We have taken soundings from our residents and we know that they highly value our library service.”

This summer’s Get to Know Your Library campaign has been highlighting some of the online resources and events going on in neighbourhood libraries in order to encourage residents to visit them. Highlights have included a look at the Mobile Library Service,  a Harry Potter Workshop, and an appearance on the One Show.

There are also numerous opportunities for adults and children to learn new things, including digital support from the Digipals and reading support for school students, as well as a programme of author talks. We went along to one by Tracy Chevalier, author of the smash hit book Girl with a Pearl Earring.

And there was even a sprinkling of star power, as Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber (aka ‘80s telly cops Dempsey and Makepeace) launched this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – see what happened in the video below.

The campaign may be over, but the libraries will continue to offer online services, events, archives, chances to get together at book and film clubs, adult learning opportunities and, of course, a great range of books, throughout the year.

  • Find out more at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/libraries
  • Keep up to date with events on twitter at @wandsworthlibs. You will also find twitter feeds for each individual library.
  • The highlights of the week’s events feature in the council’s weekly e-newsletter, Brightside Online. Subscribe here.