Interested in local history in and around L13? Drop into one of our Friday afternoon sessions with our friendly volunteers Heather & Susan to find out about their fascinating research into the streets surrounding The Old Library.
They've spent the last year looking into newspaper records and census data to uncover some brilliant stories about the people who used to live in our neighbourhood.
If you're keen to find out more, they can also share some useful tools & techniques that will help you carry out your own research.
The group is currently running every Friday afternoon from 1pm - 3pm until April. Feel free to drop in and see what it's all about!
Saturday 18th January is your next chance to see the latest progress at The Old Library. Drop i to site any time between 10am and 3pm to see the latest restoration progress. For the first time since building work started, you'll be able to step inside the old Boys & Girls Reading Room to take a look at what will become our main community space when the building re-opens. With new plasterwork being installed, it's starting to look very impressive!
We'll also be gathering your feedback on what kind of activities & training opportunities you'd like to see at The Old Library, as well as your ideas for our new community cafe.
Entrance to the site is on the corner of Green Lane & Lister Drive (right next to our very colourful community mural) and sturdy footwear is essential. At busy times there may be a short wait as we can only have a limited number of visitors inside the building.
If you have any questions, contact email@example.com or call 07988 778372.
Join us in the Community Room at Lister Steps on Thursday 5th December from 5pm to 7pm for mulled wine, mince pies & carols from the local JLC choir.
We'll be saying thank you to everyone for supporting The Old Library project throughout 2019, particularly our wonderful volunteers as we celebrate International Volunteer Day.
We'll also be selling our limited edition 2020 calendars featuring the winners from our year-long photography competition.
Feel free to drop in with friends & family for some festive fun! Let us know you're coming on Facebook.
Step inside The Old Library to see the latest progress on the restoration of this beautiful Grade II listed building.
We're excited to announce that on Saturday 9th November we can enable partial access for the first time to the first floor via our new staircase. Peep out over the 'pod', see where our new helter-skelter will be built & admire our fabulous restored skylights. Plus we'll have members of the Lister Steps team and our contractors H.H. Smith & Sons on hand to answer your questions.
Site will be open from 11am - 3pm and no tickets needed this time, just drop in. At busy times, there may be a short wait to enter the building as access inside is limited. Access is via the pedestrian gate on the corner of Green Lane & Lister Drive, right next to our community mural. Sturdy footwear is essential.
On Wednesday 16th October, we're hosting a fascinating evening of local history talks all about The Old Library and life in L13 through the years.
You’ll hear from Dr Oriel Prizeman from Cardiff University who is running an international research project looking at how Carnegie libraries around the world are being re-purposed for modern use. We’ll also be joined by Vanessa Oakden from the Museum of Liverpool who led an archaeological dig at The Old Library back in June. She’ll be sharing some of the things we discovered and what we now know about how the area has changed over the last few centuries.
Our fabulous research volunteers will also be sharing what they’ve learnt over the last 12 months, looking at case studies of interesting people who’ve lived and worked in L13, as well as how children have enjoyed, as well as worked in, libraries across Liverpool in the past.
The event kicks off at 6.30pm at St Cecilia’s Club on Green Lane, L13 7DT. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Lister Steps (L13 7HH) for £2 or on the door for £3. For more information, contact Olivia on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07988 778372.
To celebrate National Poetry Day and this year's theme - truth - we're holding three free poetry workshops and everyone is welcome to get involved. From shared reading to poetry writing, there's something for everyone with no experience needed. Check out the flyer below for more details and come along to get creative and try something new!