#Whatsyourstory: Leeds libraries campaign turns its first page

Leeds Libraries helped Wayne Levitt, pictured, track down members of his family.

Leeds Libraries helped Wayne Levitt, pictured, track down members of his family.

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Libraries across Leeds have today started a new chapter in a campaign to raise awareness of the services they run.

Leeds Libraries, a group of 36 learning hubs in the city, is 
hoping the #Whatsyourstory campaign will get more people using its free services and workshops.

Ma Maposa, who now runs his own production company and record label, has backed the campaign and said the libraries had “changed his life”.

He won a national film competition after using Leeds Libaries’ free Studio12 production studio.

Mr Maposa, of Harehills, said: “Ten years ago, I never would have imagined that I’d be where I am now.

“No dream is too big, it’s just about finding the best way to achieve that dream – for me, this was down to the help of Leeds Libraries and Studio12. They changed my life.”

The library group also runs IT help and writing workshops and author tutorials.

Wayne Levitt, another library user, tracked down members of his family that he didn’t know existed after being given IT training as part of the service. He found his great grandmother and discovered he was related to Arthur Lewis, the only soldier from Leeds to be awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in World War Two.

The campaign is also urging people to come forward if library services have helped change their life.

Coun Debra Coupar said: “Our libraries play a very important part in the day-to-day lives of people of all ages in communities across Leeds, and this campaign is a great way to highlight the flexible and diverse range of services, activities and events that we have on offer.”

To get involved with the campaign, follow @leedslibraries on Twitter or use the hashtag #whatsyourstory

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