The library is a new building opposite Walton Methodist Church in Shay Lane and is adjacent to the Walton Primary Academy. The library has good facilities and provides an important service to the village, with the support of the academy.
There is a footpath from Shay Lane and vehicle access via The Grove.
The old library in School Lane. Photographed October 2000.
In 2007 the library moved into its new premises in Shay Lane, and the old library was sold at auction in Leeds for a hammer price of £194,000. In 2008, the building was back on the market. It has now been transformed into a bungalow
WALTON Community LIBRARY
Although it was one of the few facilities still available in the village, the 'new' library was closed by Wakefield Council.
The good news is that the library re-opened as a community library and an important centre for a range of village activities.
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“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”
― Andrew Carnegie
"My library Was dukedom large enough."
― Shakespeare, The Tempest.
“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.” ― Keith Richards
|"The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one."
- George Gissing
22nd November 1857. Died 28th December 1903)
See also the quote used at Kirkgate railway station. More about Gissing.
“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.”
― Germaine Greer
“Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower