Library Legacy of Literacy

We are thrilled to Welcome Rochdale library to the Public Library Online – part of a beautiful story of a local couple’s dedication to literacy and philanthropy.

Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who married in January 1955, both shared a passion for reading and thinking, and originally met in Rochdale library.  Annie, a teacher at the former Queen Elizabeth High School died in 2006, but she left a bequest to the library in her will, to be used on English literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.

Paul Young, Head of Customers and Communities said the couple’s relationship and progressive thinking has formed the basis of their legacy to the people of the borough:

“We hope the Maskew Collection of English Literature and philosophy resources, will inspire future generations and kindle a passion for the joy of reading and thinking.”

Annie Cockcroft and Frank Maskew met in Rochdale library in the early 1950’s and married in 1955.

In addition to the collection, now available at Rochdale Central Library, a series of special events are being planned, including a monthly ‘Philosophy Coffee’ afternoon starting in late September.

The library have already established links with nurseries, schools, colleges and universities across the region to ensure the collection is used to champion learning in a fun way for thousands of people over the next few years.

Rochdale have selected some of our best loved shelves including the Oneworld Classics shelf, Love the Film, Read the Book, and a great resource for young adults in the Shakespeare Today shelf – retellings of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in an accessible and contemporary style, for readers aged 11 and up.

The Public Library Online subscription was purchased using the Maskew’s collection fund and we would like to extend special thanks to the Rochdale team for sharing their story and choosing our service as one of their important digital offerings to the community.

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