Vol­un­teers’ cam­paign to save li­brary

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Dena Shoe­bridge Print writer 01225 322273 dena.shoe­bridge@reach­plc.com

A cam­paign to save Moor­land Road Li­brary from clo­sure has been set up by con­cerned res­i­dents who are hop­ing to keep it at the ‘heart of the com­mu­nity’. Af­ter hear­ing plans that Bath and North East Som­er­set coun­cil are set to close the ‘much loved’ li­brary in March next year, a group of res­i­dents have stepped for­ward in a bid to save it. They are hop­ing to keep it open as a com­mu­nity li­brary, which will be man­aged by vol­un­teers and paid for through fundrais­ing events through­out the year. The li­brary has now been set up as a char­ity called Moor­land Road Com­mu­nity Li­brary, and cam­paign­ers are hop­ing they can get more to help with the pro­ject. Liz Hearn, chair of the char­ity, said: “Moor­land Road Li­brary is at the heart of our com­mu­nity. It is a vi­tal ser­vice, es­pe­cially for young fam­i­lies and older peo­ple. “We are work­ing as a team to safe­guard our li­brary for the fu­ture and would wel­come any help. Our team can al­ways get big­ger.” The char­ity, which also has a Face­book page called Moor­land Road Com­mu­nity Li­brary Vol­un­teers, is urg­ing peo­ple to com­plete a sur­vey to help them un­der­stand how the li­brary is used so they can at­tempt to keep it open for all. The page, which has been fol­lowed by dozens of peo­ple, reads: “#Moor­lan­droad­li­brary will close its doors per­ma­nently in early 2019 un­less it be­comes a com­mu­nity li­brary run by vol­un­teers. We ur­gently need your help to save this vi­tal ser­vice. “Please com­plete the sur­vey to help us un­der­stand how the li­brary is used so that we can at­tempt to keep the li­brary open for all. It will only take two min­utes of your time.” West­more­land Coun­cil­lor, June Player, who is help­ing to co­or­di­nate vol­un­teers, is back­ing the char­ity and has op­posed the coun­cil’s plans to close the li­brary. She said: “A li­brary is not a lux­ury, it is a ne­ces­sity and I ap­plaud the en­thu­si­asm and se­ri­ous com­mit­ment from all those who have al­ready stepped up to offer their ser­vices to save our li­brary be­cause with­out them it would be lost. “We would par­tic­u­larly love to hear from any new vol­un­teers in­ter­ested in help­ing to staff the li­brary from March 2019, as well as any­one who could be our trea­surer or who could help us to fundraise. But any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing in any way is very wel­come.” More in­for­ma­tion and a link to the sur­vey can be found on the web­site www.moor­lan­droad­com­mu­nityli­brary.com or the Face­book page Moor­land Road Com­mu­nity Li­brary Vol­un­teers. For those with­out in­ter­net ac­cess, pa­per copies of the sur­vey are avail­able at Moor­land Road Com­mu­nity Li­brary or Oldfield Park Book­shop. The sur­vey is open un­til the end of the month.

Trustee Alice Bo­den; chair of trustees Liz Hearn; B&NES coun­cil com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Mark Hay­ward and West­more­land coun­cil­lor, June Player

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