Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, is backing this year’s Library Week in an attempt to get as many people as possible to get inspired to visit a library and discover what’s on offer, as well as encouraging their friends and family to get involved.
Libraries Week 2017 runs from October 9-14, and replaces National Libraries Day, previously held in February. Libraries all over the country will be celebrating the creative, innovative and diverse activities that they have to offer. Schools, workplaces and universities will also be showcasing their services during the annual blast.
Gwynne has been an active supporter of libraries across Tameside and Stockport during his time as a Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish. In 2015 Gwyne officially opened the new Denton Library and IT Centre in Denton Town Hall which has modern IT facilities and free Wi-Fi. Added to this from 6 November, you will be able to access the library 6 days a week until 8pm as the library moves to an Open+ Scheme.
Open+ is a self-service function that increases the hours people can use the borough’s libraries. It has been designed after taking into account the hundreds of responses to the consultation process, and will affect all the borough’s libraries except for Tameside Central Library in Ashton.
Denton West End Community Library is a particularly good news story. In 2013 Gwynne joined with the members and supporters of the Friends of Denton West End Library to formally celebrate the handing over of the former library to the community group. The library was one of five across Tameside which was earmarked for closure as a result of substantial government funding cuts to impact the Council. However, local residents in Dane Bank and Thornley Park successfully organised themselves into a Friends Group and began the process of fundraising and putting together a successful business case to buy the building and contents from the Council. Today, the library offers a multitude of services including, quiz nights, support groups, a community cinema, and of course a wide range of books.
Dukinfield Library on Foundry Street and offers a library service to people who are blind, partially sighted or have a visual impairment through their Centre for the Visually Impaired (CVI). More information on library services available across Tameside can be found here: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/LibrariesandLeisure/Libraries
In Stockport, Reddish Library on Gorton Road is now home to a new look Information and Advice Service making it even easier for residents to access both library services and information and advice. More information about the Council’s new digital initiative can be found by visiting: http://www.digitalstockport.info/ and for the latest libraries updates visit: http://www.stockport.gov.uk/libraries.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Libraries Week is an opportunity to celebrate the very best that libraries have to offer across the UK.
“We have some amazing libraries across Tameside and Stockport who offer range of services for infants and adults.”