Wakefield welcomes Minister for Digital and Culture

Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Denise Jeffery, has today welcomed the Minister for Digital and Culture to the district to showcase some of the impressive cultural facilities on offer.

Caroline Dinenage was given a tour of Wakefield Library, which is one of the district’s key cultural assets and at its busiest times can average around 1,500 visitors per day.

Libraries play a vital role in engaging communities in cultural activity – they are trusted venues within communities and attract wide ranging audiences who might not otherwise engage in culture.

Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

There are 12 Wakefield Council libraries across the district, with over 37,000 active borrowers and over 900,000 visits pre-pandemic. Libraries also play a key role in supporting communities with free access to PCs, photocopying, printing, scanning, Wifi and study support, as well as other digital resources.

The Minster will also be paying a visit to some of the district’s other wonderful cultural attractions, including the Art House and the Hepworth Wakefield.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It was wonderful to welcome the Minister to Wakefield today and showcase to a wider audience our diverse cultural offer.

“Our libraries really are at the heart of our communities and in addition to an amazing collection of books and other resources, they offer a range of other services, from activities for children and families, computer access and support in learning new skills and finding work to local heritage collections.”

Culture Minister, Caroline Dinenage, said:”Libraries play a vital role in our communities, whether encouraging a lifelong love of reading, tackling loneliness, or helping people get online or build digital skills. It was brilliant to hear about the wide range of activities on offer in Wakefield and I encourage everyone to rediscover their local library this summer.”

There’s lots going on in Wakefield’s libraries this summer, including the ‘Wild World Heroes’ Summer Reading Challenge, as part of the Festival of the Earth, with a range of environmental-themed engagement activities taking place in libraries across the district throughout the summer.

Planning is also underway for WordFest 2021, part of the district’s annual festival’s programme, with a focus on children’s literacy in October.

Find out what else is happening at the district’s libraries over the summer at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries-and-local-history/library-events