Manchester City Council

Landmark library and learning centre opens in Higher Blackley

The Lord Mayor of Manchester formally opens a library and learning centre in Higher Blackley at 11:30am on Saturday 12 May, as part of a Family Funday of activities to celebrate the new centre.

The Avenue Library & Learning Centre, at the junction of Victoria Avenue East and Rochdale Road, will offer ultra-modern library services, with a greatly increased number of books available for readers of all ages. The Avenue will also provide free internet access through 20 public access computers and free WiFi connection.

The Avenue, which opened its doors for the first time on Tuesday 8 May, also houses a Learning Centre, which will offer access to a wide range of training and employment opportunities for local residents, helping them to gain valuable qualifications and develop their skills. A range of courses will be available, including employability and vocational courses, designed to help people get into and succeed in work.

The centre also offers courses for essential English, Maths and ICT skills, as well as art and leisure classes and a large, free-to-use community meeting room. The new centre will be open for more hours and offer more computers than the previous library.

Executive member for culture and leisure, Councillor Mike Amesbury said: "The Avenue Centre is a true landmark building and provides magnificent library facilities for children, young people and adults alike to enjoy. We're proud that we've been able once again to demonstrate our commitment to libraries as vital facilities in the heart of their communities."

Deputy leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Sue Murphy said: "Our determination to invest in the future, despite the difficult financial climate, has delivered a vitally important new resource for this area. The Avenue Centre will create opportunities for local people to learn new skills, gain new qualifications and boost their employability."

The Family Funday on Saturday 12 May runs from 11am - 4pm. A cake will be cut at 11:30am and the Lord Mayor will make a speech, as will Councillor Sue Murphy and Councillor Amesbury.

The Funday includes live music, craft activities, a quiz, interactive games and local history IT activities. The Bookstart Bear will also be on hand to tell stories for toddlers at 11am.


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