Saturday, 9 June 2018

Library celebrates first year as a community-run asset

MP John Grogan cuts the cake marking the first year of Silsden Community Library. With him are library chairman Peter Cannon and secretary Caroline Whitaker. Volunteers stepped in to save the library when it became a victim of Bradford council spending cuts resulting from the government's austerity measures.  

Another guest at the anniversary event, at Silsden Town Hall, which is the library's home, was Bookstart Bear (Katie Whittingham), who delighted young readers. Mr Grogan said the volunteers had made a great job of running the library, which has hundreds of users each month.
Among the families enjoying the occasion were Ania and Noah and mum and dad Steve and Deborah Bacon.

The activities included an opportunity to learn about chess. Mia Winowiecki, five, and mum Rebecca played against dad Daryl.
Emily Whitley showed mum Melissa her colouring skills.
 Bookstart Bear was given a big welcome by young members of the Elizabeth Phillips School of Dance. Their class at the Town Hall coincided with the library celebration, which was held on Saturday, June 9th.