Time for shelf promotion as Jarvis Cocker opens library

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HE has always appeared unusually bookish for a pop star.

So who better than Jarvis Cocker to do the honours at the launch of Wakefield’s new city centre library and museum?

Hundreds of fans turned out on Saturday to see the Pulp frontman cut the ribbon at Wakefield One, which is on Burton Street.

And he had some typically thoughtful words of advice for the crowd on the importance of libraries and reading.

Jarvis, best known for hits such as Common People and Disco 2000, said: “One of the things I got from libraries was how fun books could be.

“If you sit down with a book it becomes magical – you can be in the head of the person that wrote it.

“When you’re in a library it’s like being at a party with all these people – so welcome to the party at Wakefield One.”

Jarvis was joined at the event by Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box.

He revealed more than 6,500 people had visited Wakefield One between its opening on October 29 and Saturday’s official launch.

“It is great that we have had so many visitors to the new museum and library – public feedback has been very positive,” said Coun Box.

“If you’ve not already been, then bring along your family and friends, it is well worth a visit.”

Jarvis isn’t the only special guest who will be casting their eye over Wakefield One during its first few weeks.

Authors Alison Gangel and Fiona Shaw will be reading from and discussing their books at the library this Saturday from 2pm.

Doctor Who writer Robert Shearman will be speaking about his work on the BBC science-fiction series from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday, November 30. The event is for adults only and booking is essential.

Robert will also be reading from his short story collections at the library from 2pm to 4pm the following day.

This second event will be aimed at the whole family and visitors are welcome to come along on a drop-in basis.

For more details, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/wakefieldone or ring 01924 302700.

Wakefield One boasts a collection of 60,000 books and has been funded by the sale of council buildings such as Newton Bar’s planning offices.