This week is the first National Libraries Week, a great opportunity for libraries in Wolverhampton to showcase all of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that they offer local residents. Wolverhampton’s libraries are vibrant community hubs which combine great collections of books, the latest technologies and many other facilities. The staff and volunteers who man our libraries do valuable and inspiring work.

I would encourage people to spare a moment to visit their local library to discover more about the services on offer. For example the Hub at Ashmore Park in Wednesfield is not just a library, it has a sports hall, a great café, a community hall, 5 multi-purpose meeting rooms and lots more.

The Hub has arranged an afternoon of tea and poetry on Friday 13 October to mark National Libraries Week and Wednesfield Library has already hosted a talk on the Second World War by Guy McElvery. There are also events at the Central Library on Saturday 14 October including a pop up workshop for 16 to 25 year olds on writing haiku sized poems and a Diwali themed storytime for children from 12.15pm to 1pm.

Unfortunately, as a result of the Conservative government’s cuts to Wolverhampton City Council’s budget, I know that a number of our local libraries have lost funding and suffered cuts over the past few years. It’s vital to local groups that libraries stay open in Wolverhampton, ensuring that the services they offer are available to residents of all ages. This Tory government has put Wolverhampton City Council in an extremely difficult position. I will continue to call on the government to reverse these cuts.

October 2017