Ackworth Library celebrates first birthday

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A community library is celebrating its first birthday after it reopened following council cuts.

A small band of volunteers revived Ackworth Community Library after it was closed by Wakefield Council in January 2013.

The library now has 20 active volunteers, more than 650 active members and a full-time librarian.

Helen Shaw, one of the steering committee members, said it is an exciting time for the community hub.

She said; “It’s brilliant. We’re going from strength to strength. We’re much more than just a library, we’re a community centre.

“Some people just come in for a chat or a cup of tea.”

The special one-year birthday celebrations last Saturday were led by local author and presenter Ian Clayton, a passionate supporter of public libraries, who gave readings and signed books.

Referring to a quote that he picked up in China, Ian said: “Libraries are like gardens for the mind.”

Refreshments were on offer and there were activities for children as well as a birthday cake with the library logo on top of it.

Helen said: “The trustees of the library charity would like to thank all their supporters though out the year and are now looking forward to the next one.”

The library has more than 8,000 books available for loan or reference alongside magazines and talking books. Refreshments are available for visitors too.

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