Volunteers’ campaign to save library
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