Jesmond Library was originally opened on 30th May 1963. The building itself, designed by Henry Faulkner Brown, has attracted much positive attention throughout the years. With its circular reading room nestled in the corner of St George’s Crescent, it became one of eight post-war buildings in the North East to be officially listed as being of special architectural interest.
In March 2013, Newcastle City Council confirmed its decision to close Jesmond Library, after fifty years of faithful service to the public. However, a group of local residents decided to set up a working group to fight the closure and prepare a plan to open the library on a volunteer basis. Friends of Jesmond Library is now a limited company and registered charity, and have received many generous offers of financial and volunteer support from local residents. Without this support the library would not have been able to open or could continue to operate. The doors of the library were officially reopened on the 21st September. Follow the link to visit the Jesmond Library website http://jesmondlibrary.co.uk
Declan Wilk is currently studying for a Masters degree in creative writing at Newcastle University, with a strong interest in contemporary and fantasy short fiction. At present he is working on his first short story collection, which focuses on modern day society and the people within it. He hopes, in future, to go on to publication so that he may further contribute to the creative culture that resides within the city of Newcastle.