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Going Wild at Batley Library.

Going Wild at Batley Library.

The Friends of Batley Library have recently invested in a bird bath, bird feeder and a bee block in the hopes of making the little garden area next to the side entrance more wildlife friendly.

Along with the planting of Alliums and wildflower seeds, we hope these additions will attract all sorts of insects and other wildlife to the garden, helping the biodiversity of the local area.

Let us know if you spot anything interesting in the garden!

Together in Batley – July 2022

Together in Batley – July 2022

The second issue of the good news newspaper for Batley is here in it’s online form. Or you will soon be able to pick up a physical copy for FREE in Batley and Birstall Libraries, Batley Butterfly House and more!

The front cover of the July edition of Together in Batley. Shows a windy country path with trees on each side.
Together in Batley – May 2022.

Together in Batley – May 2022.

The first issue of ‘Together in Batley’ is here! This newspaper is designed to for GOOD news and to celebrate Batley and the local people, local groups, local businesses and more.

The editorial committee is a sub-committee of the Friends of Batley Library. You can pick up a FREE paper copy in the library or at Batley Butterfly house, or read it online here!

The front cover of 'Together in Batley'. Picture shows an old railway arch with a footpath running underneath it and 'Together in Batley' printed in the top left corner. Along the bottom are smaller images advertising the content inside the magazine.

Ring and Read Made Simple

Ring and Read Made Simple

Batley Library's Ring and Read Times

Batley Library is now open for Ring and Read! It’s super easy to do, just follow these instructions:

  1. Stay at home, do not travel to the library! Phone 01484 414868 and speak to a Customer Service Officer who will ask you for your name, library card and how many books you would like up to a maximum of six.
  2. Tell the CSO exactly what kind of books you would like to read. Crime? Horror? Romance? If you like, try and give the names of a couple of your favourite authors. Anything you can give to help out the staff filling in your order will be greatly appreciated and will make their job easier. Although you cannot request specific books.
  3. Make an appointment. At Batley these will be between 12:30 and 15:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Appointments can be booked 48 hours in advance.
  4. Sit back and wait! The staff at Batley Library will select books based on your given criteria. They will use your user history to tailor their selections and will try their absolute best not to give you something you have already read.
  5. Turn up at the side entrance on New Way. The front entrance is not currently in use, so if you go there you will be waiting for a long time! At the side entrance a member of staff will ask you to confirm your identity and will place your bag of books on a table which you can then pick up. Please note; you will not be allowed inside the building.
  6. Take your bag of books home, put your feet up and enjoy!

Batley Library will also have a green wheelie bin outside the side entrance during the appointment times for you to return your books to us. You do not need an appointment to return books, just show up and drop them in the bin! These will then be quarantined for 72 hours before they are put back on the shelves ready to be picked.

Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Information

Batley Library is currently closed due to the Covid-19 situation and the work of The Friends of Batley Library has been suspended for the time being.

We will be back! In the meantime, the following links may prove useful:

Kirklees Community Response – Use the website or phone them on 01484 226919 if you or anyone you know is vulnerable and needs help.

Kirklees Libraries – the brand new official site for Kirklees Libraries!

Overdrive – The Kirklees eBook library online. Use it to read books on your computer using your library card and PIN. Or download the Libby app on your phone or tablet.

Social Media

Kirklees Libraries on Facebook

Friends of Batley Library on Facebook

Kirklees Libraries on Twitter

Friends of Batley Library on Twitter

Stay safe everyone, and we’ll see you all when we reopen!

Upcoming Booksale

Upcoming Booksale

Just some of the children's books that will be available on Friday!
Just some of the children’s books that will be available on Friday!

On the 18th November we will once again be holding a book sale at Batley Market! We will have a range of ex-library stock for 20p each, as well as some Ordinance Survey maps that we will be selling for £1. In addition to this we have a range of ‘as new’ books, that would make ideal Christmas presents that will be priced at 50p for paperback and £1 for hardback.

The stall will be open between 10am and 2pm on Friday 18th November, come and say hello!

Let’s Make a Fantasy World – October Half Term Writing Workshop

Let’s Make a Fantasy World – October Half Term Writing Workshop

The summer holidays might only just be over, but we’re already thinking about October half term! This year, as part of SciFest Yorkshire,  Batley Library is playing host to fantasy author Alison Lock, who will be running a writing workshop for young people.

The workshop will focus on the construction of fictional worlds, looking at different elements, such as languages, history, climate and culture, magic and rules, and people and customs. It will run on Tuesday 25th October from 2pm to 4pm and is open to 11-18 year olds. It is completely free, but book in advance through the library to avoid disappointment!