It’s that time of year when, after a surfeit of Christmas excess, we turn our minds to personal improvement, reflecting on what we can do to make ourselves better people, and our world a better place.  Or what we can do just to get to the end of January.

A tough year in many ways, 2016 was significant for the Friends of Marsden Library.  Since we started our group, late in 2015, we have made some important strides.  We’ve developed a positive and productive relationship with Kirklees Library Service, and look forward to working with the team into 2017 and beyond.  In partnership with the Marsden Community Trust we’ve pulled off some amazing fundraisers – Robin Ince and Simon Armitage were outstanding.  We’ve got a Lego Club up and running in Marsden Library, and we’ve begun Local Writers Reading, our initiative to give support to local authors, and introduce audiences to new writers.  We re-launched the traditional Marsden Calendar.  The family fun day in May was a great success, and we’ve got another planned to cheer up January, themed around Chinese New Year.  And we’ve begun a collaboration with Huddersfield Literature Festival:  as well as the Jane Austen event in March we’ll be launching local poet David Coldwell’s new collection in February.

Here at FoML HQ, our goal remains to ‘Keep Marsden Library Open’.  That means generating new volunteers, encouraging more people into the Library, and raising money for buildings, events and activities.

Help us by including one or more of the following in your New Year’s Resolution list:

  1. Ask about volunteering at Marsden Library
  2. Join our mailing list, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  Never miss a thing.
  3. Don’t buy a book – borrow one!  Dust off and use that Library Card, or join the Library.
  4. Bring the kids to Lego Club, in the Library, every Saturday in term time, 1pm – 3pm.  Free!  Light refreshments available.  Re-starting on January 7th.

Happy New Year!






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