Baroness shares love of libraries

Baroness shares love of libraries

DEWSBURY Baroness Betty Boothroyd was in town at the weekend to officially open a international library celebration.

The former Speaker of the House of Commons returned to her hometown for the Kirklees Mobile Meet.

Saturday's event saw delegates from as far away as Denmark, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland gather at the Tetley Stadium in Shaw Cross to showcase their mobile libraries.

During the meet, Kirklees Library Service took the chance to highlight the benefits of its home service library which delivers books to housebound people across the district.

The team also shared the success of its bibiotherapy programme which uses books as therapy to help people with stress or depression.

Opening the event, Baroness Boothroyd told delegates how her mother greatly appreciated the weekly visits she had from the Kirklees Home Library Service during the 1970s.

She said staff provided far more than a book delivery service and really got to know their customers.

She added that it was a much valued service and a lifeline for many.

Other speakers were writer and poet James Nash, who talked about ways to get men and boys reading more, and local poet Craig Bradley.

The Branch and Mobile Libraries Group was also on hand to present several awards, including best state-of-the-art library.

GUEST OF HONOUR: Baroness Betty Boothroyd browses the shelves of a mobile library during the Kirklees Mobile Meet. (d08051070)