Friends renew support call as first festival approaches

FRIENDS of Todmorden Library are gearing up for their first festival this month with a warning.

The festival takes place at the library, on Rochdale Road, and at other venues including the Queen Hotel, Barearts and Water Street Art Gallery from Friday, September 30, to Sunday, October 1.

It was formed to both encourage people to use their library and the services it offers, and fight against any cuts to the service or personnel.

At last week’s Todmorden Ward Forum, members of the Friends of Todmorden Library stressed the vital role that the library plays within the community and said it should be protected from budget cuts.

Steph Booth, from the Friends group, said: “It fulfils a real need in the community because there are a lot of people who don’t appear on vulnerable or at risk registers but who are quite vulnerable and use the library as somewhere to go and meet other people.

“The point of the library is that there are a lot of people who would be lonely if they could not use it. It’s for people of all ages.”

She has urged people to fill in forms available in the library or on-line at Calderdale Council’s website which include questions on these issues, as reported in last week’s Todmorden News.

Programmes for the weekend are available from the library and other outlets around town, and tickets for events are available from the library.