Library re-opens after Covid-19 lockdown
Address: Sparable Lane (off Barnsley Road), Sandal, Wakefield WF1 5LJ Em
Phone: 01924 303 355
Customer service supervisor Sharon Tepper and her team are able to offer all the usual facilities you would expect to find in a modern community library and there are numerous additional activities in which you can take part. In 2017 the Sandal Library team was presented with the Pride Award for being Wakefield Council's top team of the year.
Our first dementia-friendly library
AS PART of a three-month refurbishment, completed early in 2015, Sandal Library was redesigned in consultation with the Alzheimer's Society to become the district’s first – possibly the country’s first – fully dementia-friendly library. The layout incorporates subtle design features which make it easier for people living with dementia to use and it includes an attractive and comfortable reminiscence lounge with sofa and armchairs.
First known as Belle Vue and Sandal Branch Library, it was opened officially on 16 June 1951 by the then mayor, Councillor Ernest Borkwood. Refurbishment project manager John Rushforth said that little now remained of the original building apart from the brick walls: “The roof leaked, there was asbestos and we had to deal with a crack in the wall.”
The library now has a dementia-friendly 'Memorry Lane' garden established by staff and a team of enthusiastic volunteers, supported by the local community.
A STUNNING piece of artwork on tiles (pictured) was officially unveiled at the library in October 2017 when the artist, Helen Thomas, was joined by some of the Active Minds group who created the colours that make it a striking representation of the library’s garden, with Sandal Castle in the background.
Friends of Sandal Library
THE Friends of Sandal Library organise fundraising events and successfully sought a grant for the dementia-friendly community garden at the rear of the library. To find out more, go to the Friends' on Facebook.