The new Idle Library will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds on Thursday 3 March at the Wright Watson Enterprise Centre.
This event is one of the valuable literacy events being staged to celebrate World Book Day and is being supported by Coun Jeanette Sunderland, Chair of Inspired Neighbourhoods.
The new library has been established and will be run by the Wright Watson Centre / Inspired Communities.
The theme of the library opening event is "Storytelling, past present and future”. Mike Whitehouse, from Wright Watson Enterprise Centre, will be dressed as Wright Watson, the famous local author and teacher at Thorpe School in 1870, who wrote "Idle Thorpe”.
He will be reading from the school’s log dated 3 March 1883. Children from Parkland and Thorpe Primary Schools will attend the opening and listen to the story telling including stories told by the Lord Mayor.
The National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford is supporting the new library through the donation of over 100 books and is setting up a Skype session at the launch on World Book Day with one of the initiative’s international supporters, Tutu Dutta, in Malaysia,
who will read from her book, Phoenix Song and talk about the importance of storytelling to celebrate different cultures.
Coun Sunderland, Chair of Inspired Neighbourhoods, said: "We are delighted to be opening the library on such a poignant day. This will be a great opportunity for people to hear stories throughout the ages dating back to the 1800’s from books, the school’s
log, right up to the modern method of communicating digitally via Skype.”
Imran Hafeez, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford says: "We are delighted to support the opening of this new community library which will be key to developing local children’s literacy skills through instilling a love of reading in them.
Libraries are vital in providing a doorway to knowledge and understanding of our world, so I’m looking forward to seeing it become the heart of the community where families can explore the amazing world of books and storytelling.”
Earlier in the day the Lord Mayor will have waved off 30 children from Eastburn Junior and Infants, and Girlington and Parkland primary schools as they embark on a train journey to Doncaster in a carriage dedicated to story telling in a partnership event
with Grand Central Rail. The Year 5 and 6 pupils will be inspired by local authors on the train, Mike Pannett and Irene Lofthouse, to produce a piece of creative writing about the Yorkshire scenery as they travel.