Leeds today: libraries, Asda, a so-called heatwave, and what’s on this weekend

Well we’re in the thick of an Indian summer, and it’s scorching in the city this weekend (well not exactly; it’s a bit unseasonably warm, that’s all – nothing to get giddy about…). As ever there’s plenty from me (@mw_obrien) to get you all hot and bothered at the end of the week.

Congratulations and hats off firstly to those making their way home after last night’s sleep-out in Leeds in aid of Simon on the Streets.

Leading the local news is the conviction of property developer and one-time Leeds United director Simon Morris for conspiracy to blackmail a former business partner.

The YP reports on plans unveiled by rail chiefs to introduce more than 700 new train services every day between Leeds and other major northern cities.

Meanwhile as libraries across the city face uncertain futures, council staff and residents in Whinmoor have had a first look at plans for a new partnership combining the local library with family services provided by the nearby Swarcliffe Children’s Centre. To have a look at some of the libraries around the city, pay a visit to Exploring Leeds where Alex has been touring those threatened with the axe.

Elsewhere, South Leeds Life covers proposals for a new Asda store on Old Lane, Beeston. A public consultation event is coming up on Monday afternoon at Beeston Hill Social Club where locals can find out more about the plans.

On the blogosphere, Leeds Daily Photo paid a visit to the launch of the city’s Love Arts Festival, which is ongoing with events throughout autumn.

Katie of Leeds Grub fame has been getting merry at The Nation of Shopkeepers, sampling single malt from north of the border with a name I can neither spell nor pronounce (those guys really need to work on their branding…).

The Culture Vulture meanwhile has hopped across to Bradford for the exciting Ways of Looking exhibition which starts today.

As well as this, there’s plenty coming up on what promises (teasingly perhaps) to be a glorious weekend about town.

Saturday sees the launch of an exhibition at Leeds University highlighting incredible research by Professor Bridget Bennett and undergrad student Yosra Awad exploring the city’s role in the abolitionist movement. The launch event is already fully booked, but you can visit the exhibition in the Parkinson Building throughout October.

This weekend is your last chance to catch art collective Black Dog’s ‘Next to Nothing’ exhibition on the third floor of The Light.

On The Edge presents Expose, a fundraising event for their Light Night project, with music, dancing and poetry at Temple Works this evening.

Hebden Bridge-based writer Rachel Connor, author of upcoming novel Sisterwives, will be talking to East Leeds FM on Sunday’s literary feast Word Salad show.

The Ilkley Literature Festival is well under way this weekend too, with a dazzling array of guests and events over the coming weeks. You might catch me there trying to act cool around all the big names!

If however you’re planning to have a well-earned rest this weekend and staying at home to enjoy the sunshine, do bear in mind the advice of West Yorkshire Police who warn of opportunist thieves looking out for open windows and doors in the thick of this warm spell.

So take care, enjoy the sun and the warmth wherever the weekend may take you.

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