Hillfields Library and Little Hayes Nursery celebrated their 60th birthday together and the reopening of their combined and newly revamped family hub and library on Wednesday (25 January).
The library closed on 20 October 2016 to allow for work to be done to transform it into a mixed use family hub and library.
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 they will use for all sorts of child and carer focused activities throughout the working week.
The site reopened at the very end of last year and now the library and the nursery will be throwing a party to celebrate.
Councillor Jeff Lovell, Bristol’s Lord Mayor, was there on the day to help kick off the celebrations by helping to plant a tree and cutting the official ribbon.
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.”
To celebrate there was a range of activities in the family hub throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy.
Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “I am really glad to see the reopening of this library in its new form. As a family hub we hope that the space will allow for more events and activities to take place inside the building. This could include job searching workshops, English language lessons and advice on using computers depending on what local residents require. 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.
“If you have an idea of the kind of activities you’d like to see at the library or would be interested in volunteering to help run any, our library team would like to hear from you.”
If any residents are interested in getting involved or would like information about their local library they can contact 0117 903 8576.
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."