Library events focus on air quality in Sowerby Bridge

Air quality and its impact on health is the focus of an innovative new libraries project, based in Sowerby Bridge.

Residents in and around the town are invited to the launch event of Calderdale libraries’ ‘Something in the Air?’ project, supported by researchers at the University of Manchester and funded as part of the Engaging Libraries programme.

Between March and September this year, there will be a series of free events that anyone can attend, to hear from specialists and to ask questions about all sorts of issues around air quality and health.

The launch event will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday 3 March at 7pm. At the event, Dr Mark Broomfield, author of ‘Every Breath You Take: A User’s Guide to the Atmosphere’ will talk about his book, his own air quality journey, surprising facts about air quality and why it matters in Sowerby Bridge in 2021. Book your free ticket via Eventbrite link)

As part of the project, people living in Sowerby Bridge will also be able to borrow and experiment with two types of portable air quality monitor, for measuring indoor and outdoor air quality.  Residents are then encouraged to share and discuss their findings.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said:

“Although our libraries are currently only able to offer limited services due to COVID-19, we’re continuing to provide an online presence and I’m pleased we’re still able to invite residents to enjoy author events by utilising digital technology.

“This event is the first of a series focusing on air quality and health, following our successful bid to the Engaging Libraries programme. These interactive events and activities are designed to help people throughout the community learn more about this important topic.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, Cllr Scott Patient, said:

“We all have a part to play in improving air quality in the borough and by understanding more about the issue, we can take our own steps to limit the actions that contribute towards poor air quality.

“The ‘Something in the Air?’ library events will help engage the wider local community through a series of interactive events around the subject of air quality. This innovative initiative also complements the Council’s commitment to improving air quality in Sowerby Bridge and across the wider Calderdale area.”

To find out more about ‘Something in the Air?’ or to join the mailing list about future events, contact

‘Something in the Air?’ is funded through the Engaging Libraries programme, which supports public library services across the UK to run public engagement activities on research within the themes of health, society and culture. It is funded by Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Foundation, and delivered by the Carnegie UK Trust.


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