Calderdale Libraries

Computer Workshops with Lead the Way and Calderdale Libraries

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Lead the Way, in partnership with Calderdale Libraries, will be holding their first computer workshop on Thursday 21 June, 2:00-4:00pm at Halifax Central Library.

The workshop is for adults who have a learning disability, and their families and carers. People can come and go as they please, they do not need to stay for the whole session.

It will be a chance for people to have support with things like learning about Facebook, how to send an e-mail, how to keep safe on-line, how to look for things on the internet (surfing),how to fill in forms, how to look at videos and music….and lots more things. We will be holding the workshops across lots of different libraries around Calderdale so keep watching for dates and venues for a workshop near you!

For more information ring 0300 012 0416.

Junk Modelling at Halifax Central Library

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Brush up your art skills!

Aimed at ages 8-12, develop your artistic side in the inspiring new Central Library & Archives on Saturday 2 June, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm with an opportunity to learn with a top artist.

Mick Kirby-Geddes is usually found in his workshop full of the discarded junk metal of everyday life, sorting, cutting and welding the metal to create unique sculptures. Be inspired by this amazing artist and upcycle junk material to create models, creatures, robots – the possibilities are endless!

Tickets are £10 per child (£8 PTL). Places are limited so book now at Ticketsource to avoid disappointment.

Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

For more information contact Gillian on 01422 392638 or email


Calderdale MayDay Film Screening; Dispossession

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On Monday 30 April, 2:30pm-4:00pm at Brighouse Library, Calderdale Libraries will be holding a FREE screening Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle. 

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home.

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in the UK.

These failures include government policy that prevents local councils and housing associations from building homes for the 1.4 million people on council housing waiting lists and the quarter of a million homeless people in Britain. Or the deliberate neglect of council estates by local authorities that s used to justify regeneration projects with private developers, which often force those who cannot afford homes in the new properties to relocate to other parts of the country, far from their families and support networks.

With unprecedented access to residents, politicians and experts in the housing industry and media, Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

The screening is FREE but places are limited so you are asked to register with Eventbrite.

Tickets Selling Fast for Dr Simpo’s Print-making Masterclass

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New! For Teens!

Brush up your art skills!

Develop your artistic side in the inspiring new Imaginarium at Central Library & Archives on Saturday 28 April. (Two sessions, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm) This is your opportunity to learn with top artists and explore a variety of artistic mediums.

Interested in comic books and how illustrations were traditionally created? Learn fantastic new skills and get creative in this print making masterclass and meet the wackily amazing cartoonist and visual artist Doctor Simpo, you will produce some amazing keepsakes in this lino- cut, collograph and etching print workshop. Places limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Places limited so book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked at

Ages 12-18.

What does your local library mean to you?

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Library Service Delivery Review

Local people are being asked to have their say on the future of community libraries in Calderdale. This is to ensure they meet their needs.

Calderdale Council is holding a public consultation to drive a review of its 15 community libraries. This will take place from Monday 5 March until 30 April 2018.

The way that people use libraries is changing. The Council is looking at what is best for each individual library and community now and in the future. This is to ensure a modern, relevant service which is able to thrive in the 21st century.

You can have your say by using the: Library Consultation form.

Or click below to access information about YOUR local library in the Lower Valley.

Presentations will take place at Ward Forums during April 2018. These will give more information and let attendees have the chance to share their feedback.

You have the chance to give your opinion. This will be used to shape proposals which are due to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet in summer 2018.

Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, said:

We know how much libraries mean to local people. We are committed to maintaining high-quality services that meet their needs. We are reviewing our community libraries to ensure we continue to provide the best possible libraries service to residents. In a cost-effective way to meet the service’s challenging requirement to save £160,000 by 2020. We urge people in each part of Calderdale to share their views.

Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter – Elland and Rastrick Libraries

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Horrid Henry is an anti-hero who attracts trouble as surely as jam attracts wasps. Join Calderdale Libraries on Tuesday 10 April for this funny encounter where Horrid Henry meets his match – Rabid Rebecca, the toughest teen in town! You will capture your very own spider and play some devilish games.

This activity is suitable for children aged 5-8 and will be held at;

  • Elland Library – 10:30am-11:30am
  • Rastrick Library – 2:00pm-3:00pm

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tickets are £3.00 per child (£2.00 PTL) and can be booked online at Ticketsource.




Janet Jones, author of Happiness Millionaire at Central Library and Archives

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Feeling stressed, anxious and just simply not as happy as you would like?

Have you been made redundant, broken up from a relationship, lost your business or frankly, just lost your way in life and would like to learn to dream again? Perhaps you would like to gain more clarity and certainty that things will change for the better.

Janet Jones, author of Happiness Millionaire: Positive Images for a R.I.C.H and Powerful Life is a Happiness Expert. On the 20 March, 6:30pm-8:00pm she is coming to Halifax Library to share practical advice and scientific evidence about how to use the visual part of your brain to kick-start a new chapter in your life.

In the year 2000, six years after Janet’s father committed suicide, Janet had a breakdown and was saved from a prescription of antidepressant pills when a piece of direct mail arrived that changed her life. This introduced her to the power held in her mind to turn her life around permanently. It wasn’t an easy journey, as she faced, what she calls the three D’s, death, divorce and depression, but with each of life’s knocks Janet learned how to become stronger and make her life better than it was before.

Janet is a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to anyone who is faced with life’s challenges.

In her book, she shares her ups and downs and the time-tested system she used, and continues to use, to turn her life around. She is now living a life she created rather than one she merely accepted.

What was your turning point? ‘When I realised my happiness was up to me. That was a very empowering moment.’

Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently when your dad died? ‘I would forgive him for taking his life and forgive myself for not being able to help. I spent too many years in limbo not knowing what to do and I was lost. It was that that caused my depression. I believe my dad felt lost too. Feeling lost and lonely are killer emotions but using the power of your mind to change that is an amazing experience.’

Have you always been optimistic? ‘Not always. I lacked a lot of self-esteem as a child. I was always picked on for having red hair, freckles and was regularly told I was stupid. After a while you start to believe what you are told. When I discovered non of this was true, I was set free to be happy and to live the life I chose and I am still choosing!

Tickets for this FREE event can be booked through Eventbrite.

Official Opening of New Central Library in Halifax

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Central Library 3An array of fun family activities will mark the official opening of Calderdale’s impressive new Central Library and Archives on Saturday 9 September.

This will come after an exciting first week for the bright, modern facility, which opened to the public on Tuesday 5 September in its new home next to The Piece Hall and Square Chapel in Halifax’s vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter.


Leading architectural historian, writer and TV broadcaster, Dr Jonathan Foyle will officially open the stunning building – which includes Halifax Visitor Information Centre – in the presence of the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Ferman Ali.

Dr Foyle writes regularly for newspapers and magazines; has appeared in and presented many TV programmes, including the popular series ‘Climbing Great Buildings’; and has written six books and many other publications – a number of these will be on display for visitors.

At about 3.15pm Dr Foyle will officially open the library and unveil a plaque. He will talk about the importance of preserving historical buildings in the context of the architectural achievement of the new Central Library and Archives and the link to the transformed Piece Hall. He will also highlight the significance of libraries and archives for current and future generations.

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Local Studies Welcome Day at the New Central Library

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On Friday 8 September 2017 – 9:30 to 18:30 you could start your visit to the newly opened library by picking up a Square Roots heritage leaflet and following a self-guided tour round the building and local sites of historical interest.

The tour ends in the new Local Studies department on the lower ground floor.  Take time to have a good look round and talk to staff about the resources and services available, including our new digital microfilm scanners.

Ticket availability allowing, you can sit down at 11am for a fascinating hour with the Halifax Great War Heritage Society.  For more information, see  What did the Great War ever do for us?

Between 9.30am and 4pmCalderdale Family History Society will be waiting to talk to you in The Lab on the ground floor and will be able to show you how the Society can help you research your ancestors. For more information, see Calderdale Family History Society

Alongside the Calderdale Family History Society in The Lab will be one of our library volunteers, eager to show you the online resources available through the library service for help with your research.

At 1pm you can attend a brief talk by local historian and Halifax Antiquarian Societymember, David Glover. Meet other members of Halifax Antiquarian Society and have a go at their Hali-facts quiz. You will also be entertained by their vintage Local History film – showing on screens around the library throughout the day, along with First World War footage supplied by the Halifax Great War Heritage Society.

Ticket availability allowing, you will also be able to join an outdoor heritage walk with Anne Kirker at 2pm.  For more information, see Square Roots – Round and about the new central library

New Central Library and Archives Opening 5 September

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Readers young and old will have the chance to explore the new Central Library and Archives in Halifax, when it opens to the public for the first time at 9.30am on Tuesday 5 September.

This is the next stage of the remarkable transformation of Halifax Town Centre, with the new library opening next to the Piece Hall and Square Chapel creating a vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter.

Visitors will be able to admire the beautifully restored Square Church rose window and enjoy upward views of the tower and spire from the staircase as they tour the building, from the local studies section and the West Yorkshire Archives’ room on the lower ground floor to the adult non-fiction collections on the second floor.

Alongside a host of exciting activities to mark the opening a self-guided Heritage Trail has been put together to highlight the preserved historic features.

The old Central Library and Archives at Northgate, including the Halifax Visitor Information Centre, will close for the final time at 5.30pm on Tuesday 29 August to allow staff the time to transfer the remaining stock and equipment to the new building and do the final preparations for opening.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press said:

This is a really exciting moment for Halifax, and Calderdale, following the fantastic opening day for the Piece Hall on Yorkshire Day.

Visitors will not fail to be impressed by the new library, which conserves the landmark spire and rose window of the Square Church within a brand new 21st century building with state of the art facilities’.

The opening day will be marked with a range of drop in activities for children, families and young people.

A family craft session will be held between 10.30am and 12 noon, followed by the first ever Busy Babies session in the new children’s library will take place at 1.30pm.

Youngsters can make duct tape crafts and emoji stress balls in the new teen area on the first floor between 1 and 3pm or play with a range of new board games.

Friday 8 September is a Local Studies focus day and the autumn events programme will begin on Thursday 14 September.

From Tuesday 5 September the Central Library and Archives will have new opening times, with services available six days a week:

  • Monday 9.30am to 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am to 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Thursday 9.30am to 6.30pm
  • Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm
  • Saturday 9.30am to 4.00pm
  • Sunday CLOSED

The new Central Library and Archives will be officially opened by Dr Jonathan Foyle, writer and architectural historian in the presence of Calderdale Council’s Mayor, Cllr Ferman Ali, on the afternoon of Saturday 9 September 2017.

The new Central Library and Archives has been wholly funded by Calderdale Council. To find out more about the civic opening and the new Central Library and Archives visit our website or follow Calderdale Libraries on Twitter @CMBClibraries.