Ardee li­brary to open seven days a week un­der new na­tional scheme

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MID Louth Fine Gael Coun­cil­lor, Dolores Minogue has con­firmed that Ardee Li­brary will pi­lot the new “My Open Li­brary” ini­tia­tive, an­nounced by the Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Michael Ring.

The am­bi­tious five year Li­brary Strat­egy in­cludes the com­plete abo­li­tion of li­brary fines and the roll out of the “My Open Li­brary” ini­tia­tive which will see a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in li­brary open­ing times in 100 of the 330 li­brary branches around the coun­try.

Minogue said: “This is great news for li­brary users in Ardee Town and fur­ther afield. With the abo­li­tion of all fines and in­creased open­ing hours in many of our lo­cal li­braries, I hope that more peo­ple will visit and use the Ardee Li­brary and more li­braries will then fol­low suit.”

“The li­braries in­volved in the My Open Li­brary ini­tia­tive will see li­brary open­ing hours in­crease from cur­rent nor­mal work­ing hours to: 8am -10pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Li­braries will con­tinue to be fully staffed dur­ing the nor­mal work­ing hours and there will be no de­crease in staffing hours un­der this ar­range­ment.”

Lo­cal TD, Fer­gus O’Dowd said “Ardee Li­brary will be one of the ini­tial tranche of li­braries in which My Open Li­brary will be rolled out and the ex­tended open­ing hours will be im­ple­mented by au­tumn of this year. The re­main­ing li­braries to avail of the ini­tia­tive will be iden­ti­fied and dur­ing the course of the strat­egy and I hope to see more li­braries in our con­stituency ben­e­fit­ting from this won­der­ful ini­tia­tive.”

Gia Jowen and Maura Dar­ragh Ardee at the Dublin Pa­rade

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