Northenden needs you to help new library thrive

A new library for Northenden opens this month and local residents are urged to help it to become a big success.

Northenden Community Library, which opens on Monday 18 November, will house a book collection and computers with internet access. The new library will be based at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG)'s Parkway Green House offices, on Palatine Road.

Customers will be able to use the new library to reserve and collect items from Manchester's extensive collections, via the city's online 'e-library'. A programme of activities such as story times for young children will be provided.

Manchester Libraries and WCHG are holding a coffee and cake morning at the current Northenden Library, on Church Lane, on Friday 8 November, 10am - 1pm. The event will give residents the chance to chat with staff and volunteers about what the new facility in Northenden will offer.

And those who are interested in getting involved can find out more about the opportunities available for volunteering to help run the library and help it grow. These could include anything from meeting and greeting customers and providing them with help to use the library, to creating displays and exhibitions to promote reading, to supporting events and activities within the facility.

A Friends of Northenden Community Library Group is being established and local residents are encouraged to join.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: "In close partnership with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, we have worked to ensure that Northenden residents have access to library facilities in a location which is central to the area.

"We are now calling for local people who are passionate about their library to talk to us about how they can get involved.  With their help, this new facility will grow and thrive in the future."

Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, said: "Opening up the use of Parkway Green House for this important community resource is something our board and colleagues felt passionately was the right thing to do.  Helping to keep a resource in Northenden as a result is great and we hope that local people will make use of the new facility.