The fantastic free family fun day, which took place on Saturday (16 September), celebrated the recent transformation of the Kendal Library building. The event was held within the Kendal Library building and was a tremendous triumph. A variety of families, visitors and dignitaries came to join in the celebrations and enjoy the wonderful range of activities and workshops on offer.
Activities on the day included storytelling, tombola, exhibitions, treasure hunts, and much more. Adult Learning also ran a number of workshops and tasters throughout the day, including arts and crafts, family learning, and ESOL.
RagTag Arts hosted an engaging recycling craft activity inspired by both reading and the sporty summer reading challenge theme. Cllr Virginia Taylor, Westmorland and Furness Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Communities and Localities, marked the occasion with an official ribbon cutting alongside Westmorland and Furness Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Brook.
The newly redesigned building provides library services alongside Local Studies and Adult Learning. The works have modified the layout of Kendal Library, with new seating areas and new signage to improve the browsing experience. The project also included modernisation of Adult Learning facilities, a new pram park, an improved local studies area, and more.
Cllr Virginia Taylor, Westmorland and Furness Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Communities and Localities, said;
"I was honoured to take part in the opening of our newly redesigned library building in Kendal, it has undergone an extraordinary transformation. Thank you to everyone who came along to share the moment witnessing these remarkable changes, as well as joining in the celebrations. The day had a range of wonderful activities for families and for people of all ages.
“Our historic library now provides enriched 21st Century library services, features a dedicated Local Studies section, and offers Adult Learning opportunities for employment, learning, fun and meeting like-minded people.”