Twelve Tales of Christmas – Day by Day

Each day from the 12th of December until Christmas day a new children’s story reading will appear here, we hope you enjoy them.

The library is now open for browsing

You can come in between 10am – 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10am – 1pm on Saturday. We have 3000 titles and growing – we’d love to see you so call in to join up and browse our stock in person. Membership is free, and our click and collect service from our webpage will stay open. We are also still accepting donations of good quality books of all types. 

www.thestationmastershouse.co.uk

Shared reading

Shared Reading brings people of all ages and backgrounds together through the enjoyment of listening to a short story, poem or extract from a novel being read aloud. Groups meet through national charity The Reader, which was launched more than a decade ago in Birkenhead. There are now 500 groups across the UK, held in a wide variety of settings, such as libraries, community and support centres and care homes.

Birkdale Shared Reading Group started in early 2020 and during the pandemic a few of us have managed to continue reading together online. We read a wide variety of texts, classics and modern, pausing  to talk about what we’ve read, sharing our thoughts and perhaps memories triggered by the reading if we wish to. There is no pressure on anyone to read or to speak, you are welcome to join us and just relax and listen. We meet on Monday afternoons at 2 pm and are greatly looking forward to being able to do so at the library and to welcoming new people. If you would like to come along or to find out more, please contact Judith at:  judireading@btinternet.com or enquire at the library. There is no charge for coming to the group. You can also find more information about shared reading on The Reader website: www.thereader.org.uk .

Open for click-and-collect

We are now open for click and collect, simply register using the “Join the Library” section on the Home page of this website. We’ll email you your login details a few days later and you can then logon to our library catalogue to browse and reserve books. Once you receive a second email telling you the books are available, simply pop in to collect them – we’ll have them ready.

The first time you arrive to collect your reserved books we’ll want to check some form of ID such as passport, drivers licence, utility bill or care home invoice then we’ll issue you with a membership card.

Unfortunately due to the current Covid situation we cannot allow in person browsing of the library or use of the meeting rooms. We hope that will happen soon as restrictions are eased.

We’re Opening!

We’re finally opening on the 18th May 2021 for a click and collect book service. We can’t wait to see everybody! 

Right now you can browse the books in our online catalog, but from the week before the 18th you will be able to register to be a member of the library for free. Check back on our website as we will post when registration is open nearer the 18th.

Having registered, it will take a couple of days to get you set up on the library system. Once set up we’ll email your logon details to you (please only call in to register in person if you are unable to access email). You can then logon to the library system and reserve books for collection next open day. Unfortunately, to start off with, you won’t be able to browse the shelves in person or use our other facilities.

When you arrive at the library to collect your book loans for the first time you will be asked to agree and sign a brief terms of use for the library, then issued with a library card to be used to borrow books in future. 

Our opening times initially are,

TUESDAYS         10am – 8pm

THURSDAYS      10am – 8pm

SATURDAYS       10am – 1pm

There will be a further announcement after the 18th May about when access to our computer and meeting rooms will be available, please use the contact form on our website to enquire about our rooms.

New Renovation Video

We’ve produced a short video on the Home page of this website describing how the Station Master’s House was renovated from the dilapidated old building into a community hub and library.  Check it out here, we hope you enjoy it.

New lift to be installed

Great news, we’ve finally received funding to complete installation of a lift in The Station Master’s House. We have received a grant from the Access for All fund which will enable us to complete the purchase and installation of the lift at the Station Master’s House.

The grant was obtained by Merseyrail on our behalf and we are buying the lift from Stannah, a British company with a factory in Hampshire.   

The lift shaft and associated works are already in place. Our contractor William Scott Ltd is overseeing the installation and the estimated installation date is 11th March 2021. 

This means that we open fully we will be able to offer full access to the whole building for everyone, including those in wheelchairs.