Local Libraries Back Up and Running Much to the Joy of the Bookworm
Oct, 5 2020
Nearly 25 years ago Welsh rock three piece The Manic Street Preachers sang on their 1996 hit single ‘Design for Life’ that ‘libraries gave us power’. It helped us see the significance of our local library and how, by delving deep into a series of books we can find great literary works that can enhance our vocabulary and immerse ourselves into the imagination of the writer.
Now in 2020 a lot of libraries have had to close due to COVID-19 but just since last week a stream of local libraries have reopened again much to the joy of the bookworm.
Here is a list of the ones that have reopened:-
- Bamber Bridge
- Sharoe Green
- The Harris Museum and Art Gallery
With each listed library they will close for lunch between the hour of 1pm -2pm. Although, if the library is open later such as 1pm -7pm this lunch hour does not apply. The only exception is The Harris in the city centre, which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Those who wish to utilize the above libraries can readily browse, borrow, photocopy and use computers without an appointment. Please be aware though of required queues in line with the governments advisory precautions of social distancing.
Computers will be available for usage on a 45 minute basis which will initiate on the hour on a first come, first served basis. It may be possible to extend sessions upon request if nobody else is waiting.
Regular attendees to the library will be pleased to know that the music and drama lending service available to subscribing groups, such as choirs, orchestras and drama societies is also available again, though limited to collections held by Lancashire libraries.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, expressed his joy following the recent news,
“I’m grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding, and I’d ask everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media channels for news if their local library is one of the very few we’re still working to reopen.”
You can keep up to date by accessing the following website link:-
Please note:- People are required to wear a face covering when visiting a library unless they are exempt. Children under 11 will not be required to cover their faces. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
To support the NHS Test and Trace system you will be required to provide your name and contact details.
Anyone wanting to return books can do this by placing them in the returned books container at the entrance of the libraries that are open. Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are re-shelved.
^Alex Ashworth CCG Art Blogger