Hillfields and Little Hayes Family Hub and Library opens its doors

January 31 2017

HILLFIELDS Library and Little Hayes Nursery have joined forces to create a combined family hub and library at the heart of Hillfields.

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HILLFIELDS Library and Little Hayes Nursery have joined forces to create a combined family hub and library at the heart of Hillfields.

The new facility was officially launched on January 25 at an event that also marked the sixtieth birthday of both institutions.

A tree was planted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Jeff Lovell, and Sally Jaeckle, service manager for early years at the city council, cut a cake and said she hoped the hub would be the first of many in the city.

Four pupils from Minerva Primary Academy - Tianna, 8, Finley, 8, Chloe 9, and Jason, 9 -  joined the Lord Mayor for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Later in the day a time capsule was planted. Other activities during the day of celebrations were for sharing reminiscences about the area, researching family history, learning English for speakers of other languages and parent and child crafts.

Councillor Lovell said: “It is an honour to take part in the opening of this family hub. In its new form, I hope that it will be able to bring joy to even more people in the community for a long time to come.”

Councillor Asher Craig, cabinet member for neighbourhoods said: “I am really glad to see the reopening of this library in its new form.  By making the library more flexible we hope to encourage people who would not normally go to their library to come down and try out the facilities.”

The library closed on 20 October 2016 to allow for work to be done to transform it  for mixed use. To make room for both the library and the nursery, the building has been split into thirds with one third for Little Hayes Nursery and the other two thirds for the library. The nursery is based in a separate room that is used for child and carer focused activities throughout the working week. The library is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the nursery has the use of the whole building

Shirley Doveton, headteacher of Little Hayes and Hillfields Early Years & Family Centre, said: "We are very excited about working in close partnership with the library, providing a quality learning environment for children and adults of the local community."

If residents are interested in getting involved hey can contact 0117 903 8576.

Information about the nursery can be found online at http://www.littlehayes.org/