By Tom Sadler
The staff at the Burngreave Library were recently nominated for a DEL Quality Award from the City Council.
I went to speak to Community Development Librarian, Laura Bell, about the award and the new range of clubs and activities the library has to offer.
“We were nominated for the award and went to the town hall for the ceremony. Unfortunately we didn’t win but we had a nice lunch. It’s nice to be recognised for the hard work we do here.”
I asked Laura about the new things happening at the library.
“We have free internet access, which you don’t have to be a member to use. We have a range of new Somali and Arabic books. It’s the first time the library has stocked Somali books, as they are hard to get hold of in this country.There are books on faith, health and marriage.We also have many fiction and poetry books, some of which are spoken word.”
The library has also started a new range of clubs and activities, including the Homework Zone, which is held on a Monday after school from 4–5pm.
“It is run by two members of staff, who can help you with your homework and show you how to get information from the books in the library or from the internet.”
The library also runs an adult reading group called the Burngreave Feel Good Reading Group, which meets on a Monday, once a month from 1.30–3.00pm.
“We all read the same book and then meet a month later and discuss it.The group is a good chance to get together, have a chat,a coffee and to relax.”
You can find out more about the new range of activities and clubs by visiting the library on Spital Hill, or by giving them a ring on 0114 203 9002.