The Basil Griffith library was named after a popular teacher and local educator. Basil took great interest in educating the youth and publishing articles throughout his life. Basil’s legacy lives on today by the reopening of the library.
In 2016 after a community meeting a group of volunteers kindly volunteered to refurbish the library. The volunteers included students, local people and tradesmen who shared the vision of creating a space which represented the rich cultural heritage of peoples from Africa and the Caribbean.
What makes the library unique
The library is unique because everything from the artwork, to the symbols on the wall celebrates the rich cultural heritage of African and Caribbean people.
We predominately shelve literary works of Black British authors and authors around the Diaspora. We have a variety of book categories which range from African history to Caribbean culture and children’s books.
What is the function of the library
The function of the library is to provide a hub where members of the community, can learn from each other, share knowledge, access books, attend workshops and join social groups all which is intended to bring people together.
Why is this library important
- The library acts as a vessel to preserve our culture. It holds information on the experiences, contributions and journeys of people of African descent. History is usually passed down through generations through word of mouth however it can be forgotten, lost or discarded. Through books, films and historians people can be reconnected and have a better understanding of historical achievements, resistances and political climates.
- Within the educational system, the subject of history is taught from the Anglo-Saxon perspective, the library can provide balance as you have the opportunity to see historical events through a different perspective.
- Within the black community there is a lack of commitment to reading, many have expressed the view that reading isn’t exciting. We aim to change this perception by creating interactive sessions that incorporate role play and games for youngsters which in turn hopefully stimulate them to continue reading further material.
- Often Black history is usually narrated around Black American history i.e. Rosa parks, The civil rights movement and The black power movement however many people are unaware of the historical events which occurred on British soil. We aim to promote these narratives so people have a more rounded view on Black history.
- In public libraries there is a shortage of books which represent African or Caribbean people. The library provides a space and resources for those who are interested in learning more.
- Why buy when you can borrow. Books can be expensive or discontinued the library makes book accessible to everyone.
What are the aims of the library?
Raising awareness that we exist and our services are open
We aim to make books widely available and accessible to all
We aim to promote authors and celebrate their work
We aim to build our library catalogue of books, DVDs and games
We aim to bring authors, historians, writers to the library
Create social clubs within the library
How you can help
In order to make a good project great, we need people. We are looking for:
|· Teachers/ teaching assistants to help create a supplementary school||· People who have a good understanding of social media|
|· People who are willing to do fundraisers or help with fundraising||· Event organisers|
|· Book club hosts||· Graphic designers|
|· Library Ambassadors||· Activity leaders|
|· Admin staff
|For more information contact Jason on Jalex2010@hotmail.co.uk Or John on Johnkam353@hotmail.com