The funding would pay for heritage experts to work with library volunteers and the local community over the next 6 months, to produce the detailed, costed plans we need to transform the library: architects to advise on opening up unused floors and providing public toilets and disabled access for the first time; archaeologists to help us finish the excavations; landscape architects to develop restoration plans for the garden, inspired by what was once there, and by what people would like for the future.
The library has recently extended its opening hours. It now opens at 10am on Mondays and is open on Tuesday afternoons until 5:30pm. This is the third extension of opening hours since volunteer staffing commenced in September 2014.
It remains one of the most well-used libraries in the city. More than seventy-five volunteers continue to staff the library, work to improve the facilities or restore the heritage garden.
Encouraging your family, friends and neighbours to join and use their local library will help safeguard its future.
Broomhill Community Library will be celebrating National Library Day on Saturday 7 February 2015 with a series of events based around ‘The Story of our Local Community between 1850 and 1950’.
Come along between 10.30am and 4pm to join in celebrations. At 11am local resident Adela Pankhurst (yes, that family!) will give an illustrated talk and at 2pm there’s a virtual tour of Broomhill in the past.
The Victorian Visitors will be around dressed in costume – so children are invited to come along dressed in their favourite book characters (there will be prizes!) For children too, local author and illustrator Lydia Monks will be reading and drawing at 2pm and there will be brass coin rubbing, plate doilie making and possibly a treasure hunt.
You can also expect to see displays of life from Victorian times to the 1950s with items to handle and buy – coins, donated books and baked items – from Victorian to Elizabethan recipes. All proceeds will help keep Broomhill Community Library open.
Broomhill Library Action Group is inviting Crosspool residents to join them for a demonstration against the closure of the library outside Spar, Broomhill on Saturday 14 December between 10am and 12 noon.
Broomhill Forum is to hold a public meeting at 10.30am on Saturday 9 November at the Beacon Methodist Church, Fulwood Road, Broomhill, to discuss the future of Broomhill library and give people the chance to have their say.