Monday, 21 September 2015

What should Friends of Garston Library be doing?

We're about to start a consultation on what you'd like to see us do more of, or start doing, or do less of in future.

There is an on line questionnaire, which will also be available in hard copy.

Thee link to the questionnaire  is here . It will also be e mailed out to people on our mailing list.

Do please let us have your views by 31 October.


Our next meeting - 24th September

Our next meeting is this Thursday (24th September).  We'll be hearing from local author Tony Schumacher who some of you may be familiar with from his regular slots on City Talk radio.

We start at 6 30 (for 7) and are at the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy on Horrocks Avenue.  There is a small charge of £2.

We hope to see you there

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Our next meeting

An annoying technical problem means we've not been able to post for a while.  So we may be playing catch up with some of our posts now.

Our next meeting is on March 26th at the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy.  We will be hearing form a guest speaker from The Reader Organisation.  We'll hear about the history of the organisation as well as about its future plans.

As ever we start at 6 30 (for 7).  We charge £2 (but you do get a soft drink)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Meetings coming up

Our next programme of speaker meetings gets under way very soon.

On 16th October we are looking at the history of Liverpool's libraries.

John Tienan, a retired Assistant Director of the City's Libraries and an active library historian joins us to talk about the establishment and growth of public libraries in Liverpool from 1852.  He'll look at the importance given to libraries by our civic fathers and by patrons like Andrew Carnegie.

On 27th November we meet the winners of our children's writing competition and hear about the work of Carol Ann Duffy.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp will present awards to the winners of our summer competition.  We'll then hear from Dr Mar Hughes-Edwards from Edge Hill University who'll be talking about the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.

On 29th January we'll be joined by local author Dave Joy, who has produced one of the most recently published works about Garston history.

Each meeting is at the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy on Horrocks Avenue and starts at 6 30 (for 7).  We finish at or by 8 30.  There is a small charge which helps us cover our costs.

If you want to get e mails about our events, and don't already get them, please let us know and we will add you to our list.  You can e mail us on

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Library closures update - reprieve for Garston

We're delighted to report that the Council's report on library cuts is recommending that although some libraries will close, Garston will not.  Garston is listed as one of the more popular libraries in Liverpool and so is listed as one of seven that should be retained (others in South Liverpool in a similar situation are Parklands, Allerton and Childwall). 

The report still has to be voted on by the Council's Cabinet (15th August) and then there are other steps before it all becomes final.

Obviously what we don't know at the moment is whether there are any planned changes to opening hours at Garston or elsewhere, but for those who have been campaigning to protect this library, it is good news.

We'll update as and when we can - but meanwhile thanks are due to everyone who spoke up for Garston during the consultation phase.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Can you help us?

The Friends of Garston Library will be running a stall on 3 August at an event organised by The Reader Organisation on 3 August.  It's a great chance for us to meet people and sounds like a fun event to be at.

Can you help by giving us an hour or two of your time?

We need to make a rota for our stall , which will be operating from 10 am to 5pm.  Paula, our Chair, is delaying her holiday to do the first few hours (what a martyr!!) but we do need more people to help with the other times.

If you can do a stint, do please let us know.  You can e mail us at

Monday, 14 July 2014

Another great authors' evening

Big thanks to our local authors who read their work (all poetry) at the most recent Friends of Garston Library literary evening.

We heard from Bill Cooke, Mike Axworthy, Norah Rawlinson (hope that's right Norah, cant read my own writing), Tina Ford and Ray Redfern. 

We heard poems about Garston characters, about our area, about the effects of war, about love and marriage, about patriotism - about just about everything really.

We'll post photos when we have them.

There'll be another season of literary evenings in the Autumn.