Liverpool’s libraries enjoy page-turning chapter

LIVERPOOL’S libraries are marking a bumper year of borrowing – although their doors have been open far less than usual. During the pandemic, the city’s digital library has seen an 80 per cent surge in borrowing since the first lockdown in March 2020 with an incredible 242,744 downloads in the last 12 months (up to […]


A reminder to all you keen readers out there, ALL Halton Borough Council libraries are open, Covid safe and ready to welcome you back. Safety info is on our web page:  – with video safety advice and information on how staff keep you safe featuring staff members Rachel Tickle and Daisy Hogarth. They proved […]

Shout out for books – time-limited amnesty for overdue library books!

With the gradual opening of libraries following the easing of lockdown restrictions, thousands of visitors have taken the opportunity to return to libraries across the city. And with more than 12,200 visitors through the doors at Manchester Central Library and branch libraries since they opened two weeks ago, the city’s library bosses are taking this […]

Local schools invited to represent Warrington for the upcoming RLWC2021

The Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) are launching a video competition for schools from host towns to share the best things about their hometown. The competition is giving schools across England the chance to win an exclusive trophy visit, as well as tournament merchandise. Pupils from schools across Warrington have been challenged with showcasing why […]

Take part in Covid-19 testing to keep our schools safe

As pupils and young people return to school after the Easter holiday, parents are being asked to remain vigilant following a noticeable increase in Covid-19 cases – predominantly in school-aged children and their families. 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms, and may be spreading the virus without knowing it. Thank […]

Liverpool Libraries launch scheme to tackle loneliness

Anew scheme is being launched which aims to bring people together, whilst improving mental health through shared reading and friendly chats. Liverpool City Council’s new ‘Reading Friends’ scheme will encourage people to connect – virtually – in group sessions using books, magazines, newspapers and poems. People will not be expected to read anything,  if they don’t want […]

More libraries to reopen for essential computer use and click and collect service

From Monday 29 March, more St Helen Borough libraries will reopen for essential computer access and a click and collect book service. Parr, Eccleston, and Newton-le-Willows libraries will join St Helens and Chester Lane libraries in offering IT support, available to book by appointment for up to 45 minutes at a time during opening hours […]

Children’s library refurb planned at Central Library

Manchester City Council is set to invest around £100,000 in a refurbishment for the children’s library based at Central Library.   Plans for the refurbishment are currently being finalised, with potential features including quiet space, a high-backed story-telling chair and “cosy corner”, where children and their parents can sit together to discover new books.  Portholes, […]

Can you Step up to Social Work?

Liverpool City Council is supporting the national Step up to Social Work initiative that gives graduates of other subjects the chance to re-train for this rewarding career. This intensive 14-month full-time paid programme will see successful candidates working with the council to gain hands-on experience whilst studying at university. The programme: •         Offers a £19,833 […]