Hindley Library: Chapter One
23 February 2012
Hindley Library’s recent relocation will be officially marked next week with a series of free events and an official launch.
Visitors will be able to enjoy Under 5s storytime sessions, craft sessions, a heritage talk as well as taking part in reading groups and computer drop-in sessions.
On Friday 2 March Wigan rugby league legend Billy Boston will officially open the library at 2pm.

At the heart of the new library on First Avenue is the borough’s first library based cafe – Chapter One Café.
The introduction of the café by Wigan Council’s People’s Services will provide real life work related experience to adults with learning difficulties to enable them to gain skills, grow in self confidence and ultimately become more independent.
Wigan Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Cllr Keith Cunliffe said: “The council is looking at how to reduce its costs in the wake of big cuts to its budgets. Once again by working together we have managed to create a really positive outcome which has not only kept services that the community values but has added to them. We’d like to wish everyone at the new Hindley Library and café best of luck and we’re sure these new facilities will be a real asset to the community.”
Faced with massive cuts of £1.1m due to the government’s austerity measures Wigan and Leigh’s Library service has been re-defined. In order to maintain as much library provision as possible the new look library service has reduced costs by altering some opening hours in certain locations, relocating and co-locating services in some areas and by maximising stock and staff rotation across libraries. It has been developed in response to key information such as local demand, lifestyle needs and cost effectiveness.
In Hindley the library re-located to Hindley Day Centre and now shares building and utility costs with Wigan Council’s People’s Services.
And it’s already proving a hit! In January alone 5,000 people visited.
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Head of Libraries, Richard Bealing said: “We’ve had a lot of positive reaction to this relocation. People have certainly liked the feel of the newer building and visitor numbers are well above our targets.
“We’d encourage everyone to take the time next week to come down to the library pick up a good book and enjoy a brew.”

Events at a glance:
Monday 27 February
10am – 11am
Computer drop-in session – Find out about the exciting world of computers and the internet.
12 noon – 1.30pm
Get into Reading Group – Get involved with the weekly read aloud group where members can choose to read out loud.
2pm – 3pm
Monthly Afternoon Reading Group – Share your love of reading with others and with a cuppa and a biscuit!
Tuesday 28 February
10.30am – 11.30am
Under 5s Storytime - Storytelling, craft and play for children aged three to five years old.
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Craft Session - A food themed activity with the chance to ice biscuits in Chapter One Café.
Wednesday 29 February
10am – 11.30am
Computer drop-in sessions - Find out about the exciting world of computers and the internet.
2pm – 3pm
Heritage Talk
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Book at Bedtime – Age seven and under. Free. Drop in session. Come along in your pyjamas (optional) and bring your teddy for a bedtime story and song, with a glass of hot chocolate and a biscuit.
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Monthly Evening Book Club – Share your love of reading with others and enjoy some fine wine and cheese!