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Walton Community Library. Still going strong!
The library was situated opposite Walton Methodist Church in Shay Lane.
When this photograph was taken in 2008, the library was still provided by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.

It occupied part of the school (now Walton Academy) building until 2020. The library closed during the Covid-19 pandemic and the area occupied by the library is now the academy's "Centre for Excellence".
More than books!
The library has moved to Charles Waterton House in Waterton Green, find out more on the library's web site.

Walton Community Library. The Community Library celebrated its 5th anniversary on
Saturday 2nd September 2017.

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Extract from Walton Community Library newsletter dated 9th March 2020.

The Library Trustees have looked at a number of options to relocate the Community Library within the village. Agreement has been reached with ENGIE, the developers of
Waterton Green, off The Grove.

As part of its development of 129 new homes ENGIE are building a new two storey community hub which will be available for use both by
residents of the new development and of the wider village community and which has been designed to rehouse the Community Library.
lt will be a modern building with
some 140 square metres of flexible floor space available for the Community Library to
accommodate its many intended uses, including a kitchen and coffee/cafe area, and be
ready for occupation by approximately July 2O2O.
It is hoped that in due course a pharmacy and post offrce counter will be incorporated.

Read the entire letter (pdf).

George Gissing"The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one."
- George Gissing
(b. Wakefield 22nd November 1857. Died 28th December 1903)
See also the quote used at Kirkgate railway station. More about Gissing on Wikipedia.

“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.”
- Germaine Greer

"Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book..." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

The more that you read ....

Library enties in the Walton Scarecrow Festival
Banish your gremlins!WALTON Community LIBRARY
The library has moved to Charles Waterton House in Waterton Green, find out more on the library's web site.

“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature,
of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers,
drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring,
and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.
I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture
and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
- Carl Sagan, Cosmos

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.
It is a never failing spring in the desert." - Andrew Carnegie

"My library was dukedom large enough." - Shakespeare, The Tempest.

"When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully:
the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you." - Keith Richards.

As it was ........... Things may be different now.
Walton Ukulele Nights
Visit Walton Community Library's web site for more news.

Walton Uke Open Night & Fuddle

April 2017
Hosted by the Walton Ukulele Group in the Community Library.
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Walton Singers
Walton Singers
Our Community Choir
Walton Singers - Butterflies on YouTube.
'Butterflies' sung by the Walton Singers at the Orangery.

Walton Singers - Si Njay Njay Njay on YouTube.
'Si Njay Njay Njay' sung by the Walton Singers at the Orangery.
Click poem heading to close.

If you can keep your head when all about you
   Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
   But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
   Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
   And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
   If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
   And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
   Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
   And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
   And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
   And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
   To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
   Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
   Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
   If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
   With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
   And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

The poem, first published in Rewards and Fairies (1910), is written in the form
of paternal advice to the poet's son, John.

Click poem heading to close.

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