Central Library and Archives

Calderdale Libraries Important Service Update

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You will already know that the government has announced new national restrictions for England from Thursday 5th November. This is what this will mean for the service offered by Calderdale Libraries.

Many of you have enjoyed being able to return to the Central Library, Halifax and 5 of our Hub libraries in recent weeks. We have certainly enjoyed welcoming you back. From 5th November, however, we have to step back for a while – at least until the government review on 2nd December.

The only Calderdale library to remain open will be Central Library, Halifax. This will be for our Select & Collect service only: https://calderdale.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME?HOMEPRMS=GENPARAMS

This means we are returning to Phase 1, so there won’t be computer access, browsing, movement around the building beyond the ground floor or access to Local Studies or Archives.

Central Library will be open for this service Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

All other Calderdale libraries will be closed altogether during this period.

Items on loan will automatically be renewed until 31st January 2021

The Home Library Service will still be operating and this is currently open to anyone who wants to register to make use of it: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/home-library-service
(note that the information in the blue box is applicable and the restrictions mentioned lower down don’t currently apply).

All our digital services will continue to be available too, so you can:

Enquiries/contact us

  • If you have general queries about library services, please email: libraries@calderdale.gov.uk
  • If you have Local Studies enquiries, you are welcome to email: reference.library@calderdale.gov.uk Local Studies staff will do their best to help, though they won’t be in the library during this period so won’t be able to access hard copy resources.

Stay safe!

 

WEA Course – Psychology and Life

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The WEA are offering a 7 week course starting Tuesday 22 January, 10:30am-12:30pm at Halifax Central Library HX1 1QG on ‘Psychology and Life’.

There will also be a FREE taster session on Tuesday 15 January, 10:30am-12:pm.

The course offers an opportunity to think about what makes people behave the way they do as shaped by genetics, upbringing, culture and life experiences.

The cost for the course is £49 but if you are entitled to certain benefits the course may be FREE.

Book online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities for Heritage Festival at Central Library

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Celebrating Halifax Heritage Festival there will be FREE craft activities at Halifax Central Library and Archives on Saturday  September 8, 10:00am-3:00pm.

Based in The Imaginarium, there will be an exciting range of creative activities on offer for all ages, inspired by heritage features of the library building.

No need to book – just drop in!

For more information about this event contact Local Studies Library.

Dr Simpo’s Crazy Comic Day

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Brush up your art skills!

Develop your artistic side in the inspiring new Imaginarium at Central Library & Archives on Friday 10 August, 10:00am-3:30pm. This is your opportunity to learn with top artists and explore a variety of artistic mediums.

To celebrate 80 years of the Beano we are offering you the chance to pop along to this fantastic ‘Comic Book Creators’ workshop and have a go at creating a crazy character of your very own. Your character, along with all the other workshop attendees, will feature within a mini comic book anthology that will be sent to the Beano head office and perhaps one day feature in the Beano alongside the likes of Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Calamity James or even the Bash Street Kids.

Please note, this workshop runs from 10am – 3.30pm, Children should bring a packed lunch with them. 

Ages 10-14

To book a place go to Ticketsource.

Not a Box – Junk Modelling at Halifax Central Library

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Suitable for ages 4 – 10 this will be an exciting session on Saturday 30 June, 10:00am-11:00am or 11:30am-12:30am at the Imaginarium, Halifax Central Library and Archives. Inspired by the fun-filled book ‘Not a box!’ by Antoinette Portis. Just let your imagination run wild!

This is a junk modelling session for all the family.

Not a box is a beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical.

A box is just a box unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.

Inspired by the memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her brother, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes reality. Her simple, spare text and illustrations show that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.

Book your place at Ticketsource.

All children must be accompanied buy a parent/carer.

Washi Tape Craft Workshop at Central Library

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You may not have heard, but washi tape is decorative Japanese tape that everyone in the crafting world is completely fanatical about. It makes everything it’s stuck to look amazing! Meet Christina from Ikkle Dragon Crafts on Saturday 9 June, 10:00am and choose from an abundance of washi tape designs and create your very own washi tape letters/notebook!

Aimed at ages 8-12, tickets can be booked at Ticketsource for the workshops at the Imaginarium in the Halifax Central Library. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. As Japan rushes with the rest of the world into the 21st Century, and more modern technologies take over, machines produce similar-looking papers which have qualities very different from authentic washi. As of 2008, there remained fewer than 350 families still engaged in the production of paper by hand.

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 gillian.rice@calderdale.gov.uk

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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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FFEKFD

Ages 12-18.

Film Club at Central Library and Archives – The Moderns

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Be among the first to ever watch a film in the new Media Store. Explore the newly-built venue with clearer screen and true surround sound.

Showing on Wednesday 21 March, 2:00pm-4:00pm will be ‘The Moderns’.

Directed by Alan Rudolph this is a dryly comic kaleidoscope set in the birth of modern art in Paris, featuring Keith Carradine as a laconic artist commissioned to copy masterpieces and getting caught up in love and the business of fine painting.

Admission is FREE but since seating is limited, you will need to book a ticket – either by phone or in person from Central Library and Archive