An 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.
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 4pm, Calderdale 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
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.
The 4 workshops at King Cross Library is for 12 -1 8 teens on Tuesday 22 August 2017 and are; 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00 and 14:00-15:00.
You will be using paint pens and permanent markers to upcycle vinyl records or canvasses with your unique graffiti ‘Tags’.
Works Better is partly funded through the European Social Fund and delivered through a collaboration of six partners, including Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield Councils. The programme aims to help people who want to get back into work overcome the barriers which are stopping them – and also to support employers with suitable vacancies to access this potential source of employees. For information on the “job club” sessions contact Elland library on 01422 374472 or email email@example.com
or for Brighouse library call 01422 288060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The town received a Royal Charter on 24 February 1317 from King Edward II allowing it to host a weekly market, as well as two fairs a year.
On 15 June 2017 – 14:00 to 17:00 take a short walk around Elland exploring its history with a knowledgeable local guide. Then return to the library to do creative writing inspired by the walk. For more information about this FREE event contact Elland Library on 01422 374472 or email email@example.com.
This year marks the 700 year anniversary of Elland becoming an official market town. The town received a Royal Charter on 24 February 1317 from King Edward II allowing it to host a weekly market, as well as two fairs a year.
Elland library are hosting an event to celebrate this on May 25 2pm – 4pm. Use objects, photos and maps held at Elland Library – and bring some of your own – to inspire new writing about Elland, whether the distant past or your own personal or family memories.
Poetry or prose, no writing experience necessary.
Tickets available for free from Eventbrite Calderdale Libraries
For more information about this event contact Elland Library on 01422 374472
This creative writing workshop with local writer, teacher and library staff member, Emma Decent uses the resources of the library for inspiration, so go along and go on a creative journey with the help of maps, stories in the fiction section and more.
Friday 17 February – 10.30am to 12.30pm
At Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse, HD6 2AF
Admission is FREE but tickets must be obtained online here
For information please call Brighouse Library on 01422 288060
Whether you want to get out on your bike, stream dip for mini beasts, hunt for fossils, or get down to the park for a bear hunt, there’s lots to explore. If you’re batty about bats, curious about museums or mad about football, there’s so much to do, the only problem you’ll have is fitting everything in.
Well Aware is a recovery course developed and delivered by workers and volunteers with lived experience of mental distress.
Stars Tuesday 10 January 2017 – 12.30pm to 3pm
At Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse HD6 2AF
The course will help participants identify, challenge and change unhelpful thinking, learn new coping strategies, improve resilience, and regain control of their life as well as improving general wellbeing.
All sessions will be held in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space.
In the six weeks we will look at a range of topics including:-
- What recovery in mental health means to me
- Understanding beliefs and values
- Reflecting on and identifying strengths and key learning points
- Exploring emotions, beliefs and thoughts
- The locus of control and practical strategies
- Using reflection as a tool to develop self awareness and understanding
Anyone wishing to come on the course should contact Recovery and Support Team at Healthy Minds to arrange an informal chat.