One of the pleasures of life in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, is, for me, and many others a visit to one’s local library.
Lynn’s main library is nearest for me to visit and I use it regularly.
Step inside and you will soon discover that the library offers many more services and events than it traditionally did and it’s as much a valuable local community resource as it ever was.
I always find the staff friendly, helpful and informative and look forward to many visits.
Lynn Library was built and opened in 1905. It was paid for by the Scottish-born American steel baron, Andrew Carnegie, who opened many libraries, museums and halls around the world.
He made a rare public appearance at the official opening attended by mass crowds.
Building a library was a great source of civic pride during that era and photographs of the event can be seen at the library today.
Now, the library has seen many changes being much more than being just a book lender ... which it still does free of charge.
The library also offers free computer services with internet and free wi-fi access. Many people will have learnt to use a computer for the first time, or applied for a new job or even reserved a train ticket from library computers.
Also available, for a small fee, are DVDs,CDs and console games, providing entertainment for the whole family with the latest releases.
You can also access “talking books” and there is a free e-book service via the Norfolk Libraries website.
Lynn Library holds a vast range of local history sources. These include local newspaper archives going back to 1842, parish registers for most of West Norfolk and census returns dating back to 1841, all supplemented by a huge number of local history books and collections including photos.
The building has become a meeting place for many groups, including several book groups,a football focus discussion group, knit and knatter, a local history club, a Scrabble club and a debating group. All are free and all are welcome to join in.
There is also a weekly Bounce and Rhyme Time for the toddlers, plus regular story and activity times for children during the holidays.
Looking ahead there will be the grand opening of the annual Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday, July 12.
There’s also the start of Crafty Saturdays; set once a month, they’re designed for local crafters to display their skills and products.
Activities at Lynn Library makes the library a place to learn, entertain and be a hub for the community.
For more information on weekly or forthcoming events and clubs, call on 01553 772568, visit the Norfolk Libraries website or follow on Facebook.