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Still going strong!
The library is situated opposite
Walton Methodist Church in Shay Lane.
When this photograph was taken
in 2008, the library was still provided by
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.

It occupies part of the school (now academy)
building. The library has good facilities and
provides an important focal point for community
activities in the village, with the support
of the academy.

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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.
Pesky gremlins!
Although it was one of the few facilities still available in the village, the 'new' library in the school building 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 community activities.

Walton Community Library 5th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday 2nd September 2017. 12 noon to 4pm.

The Community Library celebrated its 5th anniversary on
Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Walton Community Library on facebook Twitter


Based upon an article in the Wakefield Express
published at 11:36am, Friday, 15 September 2017.

Walton could lose its library just five years after it was saved from closure by a team of volunteers.

In 2012, when Wakefield Metropolitan District Council could no longer afford to run it, the library was kept open after an agreement was reached between library volunteers and Walton Primary school. Now, according to a report in the Wakefield Express, the arrangement could be terminated by Waterton Academy Trust, the body that runs the school.

The trust said that it had the right to end the project if use of the library and the number of children using it outside school hours did not increase. The trust said in a statement: “In our opinion, the project has failed to deliver both of these objectives and therefore the school has an obligation to revisit the provision”.

The library group said a notice to vacate the premises had been received. The academy trust said it was not evicting the library and had offered to help find new premises. However, the library group said there was no suitable alternative building in the village.

Local M.P., Jon Trickett, criticised the academy trust in a letter to villagers: “The academy’s actions are totally unacceptable and I will help the residents of Walton to fight to keep the library open within the school.”

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council told the newspaper that they would be meeting the academy trust to try to resolve the matter. Michael Clements, the council’s assistant chief executive of resources and governance, said: “The council has worked to support Walton Community Library since it was established in 2012 and we believe it offers a valuable service to local residents.”

Click to enlarge■ Read more at: The Wakefield Express.
■ Local M.P., Mr. Jon Trickett has posted his concerns on Facebook.
■ Walton Community Library is on Twitter and Facebook.
Walton Primary Academy.
Waterton Academy Trust.


Walton Uke Open Night & Fuddle

April 2017

Hosted by the Walton Ukulele Group in the Community Library.
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A splendid time was had by all!

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"Gulliver's Travels", the library's entry
in the Walton Scarecrow Festival of 2016.
■ More pictures of the festival.

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"The Very Hungry Caterpillar", the library's entry
in the Walton Scarecrow Festival of 2017.
■ More pictures of the festival.

Wakey to Zambia, with a short diversion provided by the Walton Singers.
Ali Bullivent at the Orangery, 20th September 2015.

“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 more that you read ....
George Gissing"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
(b. Wakefield 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


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