The first of a series of meetings encouraging Liverpool residents to have their say on the future of 11 community libraries is set to take place this week
The first public meeting will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 September at the Lee Valley Millennium Centre, Childwall Valley Road, L25 2PR. This is an opportunity for the libraries team to talk about why certain libraries in that particular area are at risk and also for people to ask questions and have their say on the proposals for the service.
A report into the proposed library service identified 11 libraries which could be at risk of closure if alternative and viable ways of delivering services from these buildings cannot be found.
A number of discussions are already underway with interested parties about taking over the running of some of the venues which are Breck Road, Dovecot, Fazakerley, Kensington, Lee Valley, Old Swan, Sefton Park, Spellow, Walton, Wavertree and West Derby libraries.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “The scale of the cuts facing us is extremely challenging and we want to make sure we’ve explored all the options available.
“We understand that libraries are hugely valued by the local community, and these meetings are a vital way in which members of the public can express their views and also find out from the team involved why certain proposals have been made.
“I hope as many people as possible are able to attend either Thursday’s, or one of the later meetings so that we can work together as much as possible to shape the future of Liverpool’s library service.”
Further meetings will take place in the forthcoming weeks and will be announced as the soon as the dates and venues are confirmed.
Under the proposals, 95 percent of people will still live within two miles of a library and the Home Library Service and the RNIB Talking Book Service will not be affected.
The city council would continue to run Central Library – which is used by 45 percent of library users – and seven community libraries: Croxteth, Norris Green, Toxteth, Childwall, Allerton, Garston and Parklands
Liverpool has 19 public libraries in total. The 11 libraries at risk of closure if alternative and viable ways of delivering the services from these buildings cannot be found, are:
- Breck Road Library
- Dovecot Library
- Fazakerley Library
- Kensington Library
- Lee Valley Library
- Old Swan Library
- Sefton Park Library
- Spellow Library
- Walton Library
- Wavertree Library
- West Derby Library
They are potentially at risk because of a number of factors including below average use, high running costs, their proximity to another library and the potential of the service being provided by another organisation or group.
Our favourite night of the year, Liverpool’s LightNight is back for its fifth year.
On Friday 16 May from 4pm until late thousands of visitors of all ages will descend on Liverpool for LightNight, the city’s annual arts and culture festival.
LightNight unlocks the doors of Liverpool’s world-class museums, galleries and heritage sites late into the night to showcase creativity in the city region. Visitors can experience a vibrant mixture of events all on one night; from interactive light projections to a psychedelic sound spectacle, ‘sound battle’ street performances to exhibition launches. With a fire performance, giant dance workshops, big sings, a candle-lit labyrinth, sing-along walking tours, and stargazing at the Tate, there is something for all ages.
For LightNight 2014 over 100 of Liverpool’s finest creative’s and arts organisations have joined forces to offer an unforgettable night of over 130 FREE events. Visitors will be invited to:
· Visit a secret, iconic building for a sneak preview of the building that will be at the heart of this year’s Liverpool Biennial.
· Rediscover Liverpool Cathedral to experience the booming Grand Organ, reflect in the Lady Chapel, join the Big Dance Pledge with Merseyside Dance Initiative, or be mesmerised by PZYKSONG as musicians from Liverpool International Psychedelic Festival and the Cathedral collaborate for the first time.
· Witness a fire performance by Bring the Fire Project, Liverpool’s up and coming fire artist collective as they light up the area around Wellington’s column with fire costumes, installations and live drumming.
· Explore class and taste in modern Britain through the eyes of Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry on the opening night of The Vanity of Small Differences at the Walker Art Gallery. Along with music, dance and drama from LIPA students and the opening of the dot-art Schools Exhibition with winning artwork from 50 local schools.
· Dance the night away in St George’s Hall as the ever-popular late night ceilidh returns.
· Stroll around Liverpool’s Central Library one year after its reopening, when you’ll be invited to lie on the floor for a live musical and visual performance, belt out Sea Shanties with Up for Arts, listen to West Everton Super Strings, join Writing on the Wall up on the roof terrace for Word Up, hear from Scottie Writers, find out about the LJMU’s Merseyside at War project created to commemorate the outbreak of WW1 or the Give Us 5 campaign with The Reader Organisation.
· Experience the new Youth and Community space in the Everyman as YEP (Young Everyman Playhouse) surround you in light, sound and projections.
· Journey into the unknown with Impropriety and Hidden Liverpool as they take you on an exploration of the beautiful banking hall in Martins Bank.
· Spot yourself in the Liverpool Photo Booth Project, 600+ black and white portraits taken by photographer Louise Lowe that opens for the first time on LightNight after a yearlong endeavour to capture the identity of Liverpool today.
· Immerse yourself at the Museum of Liverpool with dance and choir performances, a Liver Bird workshop, exhibitions and films plus the big Bayk-over which celebrates 80 years of the Liverpool invented Bayko model construction set.
· Join the circus at The Black-E as it comes alive with aerial workshops, trapeze and juggling, along with an energetic World Dance performance and workshop courtesy of Movema and free runners Airborn Academy.
· Walk the candle-lit labyrinth designed with the help of LIPA students in the walled courtyard of Blackburne House.
· Discover Baltic Creative, Liverpool’s vibrant creative and digital hub in the Baltic Triangle, as they invite you to take part in workshops, open their creative studios, enjoy live music in the cafe, or even have your tea leaves read.
· Uncover the history of the oldest Chinese community in Europe through photographs and words at the Open Eye Gallery, when you can also try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, be enthralled by the sounds of the Chinese harp or watch the Pagoda Taichi and Dance group perform ancient exercises and Fan dances.
Lorenzo Fusi, Open Eye Gallery Director said, “Open Eye Gallery is thrilled to once again be a part of LightNight Liverpool – it’s a fantastic evening of participation, family activities and fun for all across the city. There’s always a great atmosphere as Liverpool’s cultural institutions offer an exciting tour of the city at night.”
Mark Lawler, Baltic Creative Managing Director said, “We’re really looking forward to throwing open our doors again for LightNight. Last year Baltic Creative was buzzing with visitors and activity. And again this year our programme offers something for all ages, so why not come and find our more about Baltic Creative.”
LightNight 2014 is the fifth edition of this annual late night festival. Each year the audience and the programme grow, with many new arts organisations joining this one-night celebration of Liverpool’s arts and culture. New comers include Mercy, HIVE, Bring the Fire Project, The Friends of the Flyover, Liverpool Biennial, Alison Appleton Studio, The Kazimier, Pagoda Arts, Merseyside Polonia, Karate Union of Great Britain, 20 Stories High, West Everton Super Strings, Scottie Writers, Outpost, Aurora Media, The Reader Organisation, Wanderpool and The Mixnots.
Charlotte Corrie of Open Culture, the LightNight producers said: “LightNight is the city really coming together, its starts at 4pm and doesn’t stop until 4am, so there really is something for everyone. It’s a jam packed one night extravaganza that’s not to be missed. It gives you a taste of what takes place in Liverpool everyday of the year!”
The FREE programme is now online at www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk or available from all participating venues.
Continuing our campaign to use the city’s cultural heritage to get yourself fit while taking in the wonders of Liverpool, here’s a good one that pretty much anyone can enjoy.
Heart of Liverpool Tours offer walking tours every Saturday morning at 10:30am. Whether you’re here on your first visit or even if you live here, the Liverpool Culture Quarter Walk will open your eyes to what Liverpool’s culture has to offer.
The tour takes in the brilliant landmarks of St George’s Hall, the World Museum, The Walker Art Gallery, our world class Central Library and much more. The tour costs £7.50 and even ends with a nice tipple in a local hostelry. What more could you ask for!
According to Trip Advisor, Liverpool Culture Quarter Walk includes 3 of the top 10 attractions in Liverpool. All of the guides, including my own tour guide, the lovely Margo, are professional Blue Badge guides – official professional tourist guides recognised by Visit Britain – and I know you’ll love this walk through some of the best sites our great city has to offer.
If you fancy it (and who wouldn’t!) meet outside the entrance to the World Museum on William Brown Street any saturday morning at 10.30 and look out for the red heart umbrella.
You can contact Margo or another tour guide by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07908 268 356