Hounslow Library reopens to kick off the Summer Reading challenge

The library at Hounslow House will reopen again to residents after being closed for over a year.

Published: Friday, 23rd July 2021

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Hounslow House Library will once again open its doors to the public after being closed for over a year – just in time for youngsters to take on the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 years-old to enjoy the amazing benefits of reading for pleasure during the summer holidays.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:

“We are delighted to be reopening another one of our libraries forced to close due to the pandemic. We know that all our libraries are much-loved and an important part of the community. Our staff have been working really hard to reopen and we look forward to welcoming residents back.

“Books are such a powerful resource, helping our community to discover new things, unlock imaginations and inspire new ideas for the future. The Summer Reading Challenge offers children a wonderful chance to go on an adventure through reading. It’s a great way to support their development.”

The library at Hounslow House closed in March 2020, but residents will now be able to browse and borrow books once again. 

Hounslow Council is encouraging young people to get involved with the special nature-themed Summer Reading Challenge which aims to inspire children to stand up for the planet. Children will learn about how they can make their communities a cleaner and greener place for people and wildlife. Residents can join the free Summer Reading Challenge by signing up at their local library and will receive a special Collector Poster map, alongside support in finding exciting age appropriate books to read, plus rewards for returns.

Hounslow House Library will reopen from Monday, 26 July 2021. The opening times are:

  • Monday and Thursday – 9.30am - 8.00pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday – 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Sunday – 11.00am-4.00pm (from Sunday, 8 August 2021)

To ensure that all residents feel safe returning to our libraries, hand sanitisation stations will remain throughout the building, public computer capacity has been reduced to allow for customers to socially distance, and there will be no newspapers or magazines available. Customers are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering to remain safe.

The Hounslow library service is also continuing to expand its selection of e-books and e-magazines which have seen a huge increase in popularity amongst resident during the pandemic. This will continue to be available online by visiting our website.

View all of the boroughs libraries opening times or browse the full catalogue here: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/libraries

Find out more about the Summer Reading challenge: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

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