New council children’s mobile library to hit the road this week

An exciting new children’s mobile library is set to be officially launched by Leeds City Council this week.

Joining Councillor Katherine Mitchell at the unveiling outside Leeds Central Library on Thursday 30 October at 11am will be popular local children’s author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, who has designed the characters that adorn the vehicle. As part of the day, families, children and young people will have the opportunity to speak to Kate, and from 10am -12noon on Victoria Gardens and draw some of her characters.

With the new edition, there will be two children mobile libraries in the council’s fleet, which will play a key role in the continued ambition of the library service to extend its reach in communities, and provide more reading and information resources to young people.

Councillor Katherine Mitchell, Leeds City Council’s lead member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"Children’s mobile libraries are a really great way in which to engage with families and young people across the city, and it is brilliant news that we will be welcoming a new addition to our fleet from this week.

"As part of the celebration, we will be holding a family friendly event outside the city library on October 30 from 10am-12noon, where visitors can find out more about the fantastic services we have to offer in our mobile libraries.

"Joining us also on the day and available for a chat will also be brilliant local children’s author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, who very kindly decorated our new vehicle with some of her characters."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk