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Walton Community Library. 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.

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

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Walton Community Library.

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

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 decided that it 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 the web, Twitter and Facebook.
Walton Primary Academy.
Waterton Academy Trust.

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

The more that you read ....

Walton Scarecrow Festival
Banish your gremlins!WALTON Community LIBRARY
Although it was one of the few facilities still available in the village,
the 'new' library in the school building was
closed by Wakefield Metroploitan District 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.

“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.


Walton Ukulele Nights
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Walton Uke Open Night & Fuddle

April 2017
Hosted by the Walton Ukulele Group in the Community Library.
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If you can keep your head when all about you
   Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
   But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
   Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
   And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
   If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
   And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
   Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
   And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
   And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
   And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
   To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
   Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
   Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
   If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
   With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
   And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

The poem, first published in Rewards and Fairies (1910), is written in the form
of paternal advice to the poet's son, John.

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