A MUCH-delayed event spotlighting Keighley’s historic library has gone ahead – and been hailed as a huge success.

The awareness day, organised by the Friends of Keighley’s Carnegie Library, had twice been postponed. It was put on hold initially so that libraries service staff could be involved – and then it fell victim to lockdown.

But the Friends say the wait was worth it, as a steady stream of people – of all ages – visited an information stand set-up in the Airedale Shopping Centre.

The visitors were able to learn more about the library, in North Street, and the work of the Friends in helping to conserve and sustain the facility.

And a number of people either joined the library on the day or took away the paperwork to complete.

Visitors included Keighley MP Robbie Moore and town mayor Councillor Julie Adams, whom the Friends said had both been extremely supportive.

There was also a short survey, with people being asked what they most appreciated about current library services and for suggestions of ventures that could increase usage.

Popular heritage music events held by Janet Mawson were high on the list of activities people wanted retained, whilst ideas for new attractions included ‘open mic’ sessions and board games and chess for the younger age group.

The Friends signed-up a number of new members to help with fundraising and creating a programme of events.

Friends chair, Jane Lee, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better response on the day. It was heart-warming to experience the passion with which Keighley people speak about their library.”

Keighley Library, officially opened by the Duke of Devonshire in 1904, was the first public library in England to be funded by Andrew Carnegie.

For more about the Friends, email friendsofkeighleylibrary@gmail.com.