Library award is top class 


Bolton Schools’ Library Service, Blackrod Library and Blackrod Church School have won a prestigious award honouring the region’s cultural stars.

They scooped the ‘Library Partnership Award’ in the North West Cultural Education Achievement Awards.

The event recognises organisations and people who have gone above and beyond in their work to improve access to arts and culture for children and young people.

The partnership between the Library Service and school has resulted in visitor figures sky rocketing by 23 per cent, and computer usage up by 73 per cent at Blackrod Library.

The library also had 81 class visits in the last year with 2,503 attendees compared with just four class visits in 2013-14.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr John Byrne, said: “This is a fantastic example of our library service working really well with a local school.

“Thanks to the work through the partnership, every child at the school has a library card to use on class visits.

“I’d like to congratulate the service, the school and everyone who uses the library on the award – it’s well deserved.”

The partnership was established in 2015 when Blackrod Church School wanted to encourage more children to read over the summer by participating in the Summer Reading Challenge.

The awards were held at Preston Guild Hall, in April.

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