A former library in Walsall has received a new lease of life after transforming itself into a community learning provision led by Walsall College. Pleck Library is now open for family learning opportunities and as a book exchange facility for local residents.
An official opening kickstarted the centre’s fun family learning theme. Balloons, face-painting and candyfloss were available to children while parents took part in mini workshops involving mehndi, floristry, arts and crafts. Over 400 people attended the event.
Pleck Library will be open Monday-Friday, 9.00am-4.30pm. Classes available include English-speaking, maths and ICT. A Reading Club, Yoga, sewing and arts and crafts sessions will also be offered.
Walsall College Principal and Chief Executive, Jatinder Sharma OBE said: “The college is proud to support the regeneration of the former Pleck Library and further engage with its community.
Pleck Library has been a much-valued facility for many in the area, so we are pleased to be part of its future legacy. We aim for it to be a focal point for learning opportunities benefitting local families, groups and organisations; everything from homework sessions to digital/IT ‘how to’ classes.”
Jatinder Sharma continued: “The college is always looking to grow our adult learning provision by helping people overcome language, literacy and accessibility barriers to learning. This is why the Library will also be somewhere for adults to gain valued qualifications and skills to support their chances of finding work and giving back to their communities.”
Valerie Vaz MP who attended Pleck Library’s official opening added: “I am absolutely delighted that Pleck Library is continuing as a learning hub in the heart of the community. Families will be able to use this facility on their doorstep.
“I want to thank the Principal, Jatinder Sharma and everyone at Walsall College who have been involved in this project. The Learning Hub will give people confidence for the future enabling them to enhance their skills and knowledge which will benefit society.”