New chap­ter for li­brary af­ter sur­vey

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

A cam­paign to save Moor­land Road Li­brary from clo­sure has been re­sulted in more than 260 peo­ple com­plet­ing a sur­vey giv­ing ideas on how to keep it open. Af­ter hear­ing plans that Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil is set to close the ‘much loved’ li­brary in March 2019, a group of lo­cal res­i­dents have stepped for­ward in a bid to save it. The cam­paign­ers put to­gether a sur­vey and asked mem­bers of the pub­lic for sug­ges­tions on how to keep the li­brary open as a com­mu­nity-run fa­cil­ity. More than 260 peo­ple re­sponded to the sur­vey and now cam­paign­ers are more de­ter­mined than ever to open it as a com­mu­nity li­brary, which will be man­aged by vol­un­teers and funded through fundrais­ing events. Cam­paign­ers for the li­brary, which is now a char­ity called Moor­land Road Com­mu­nity Li­brary, have read ev­ery sug­ges- tion and ideas from the sur­veys and said they are hop­ing to put a lot of them into place. Chair of the com­mu­nity li­brary group, Liz Hearn, said many peo­ple sug­gested con­tin­u­ing and ex­pand­ing events for both chil­dren and adults and us­ing the li­brary as a com­mu­nity hub. She said: “We be­lieve that the li­brary be­longs at the very heart of our com­mu­nity and the fan­tas­tic sur­vey re­sponse shows how much peo­ple love our li­brary and want to save it. “We share the con­cern and sad­ness ex­pressed by some about the loss of pro­fes­sional li­brar­i­ans but sadly, the de­ci­sion to close the li­brary has al­ready been taken by the coun­cil and other branch li­braries in our area are al­ready mak­ing the tran­si­tion to be­come vol­un­teer-run. “How­ever, the good news is that we will con­tinue to of­fer Li­braries West ser­vices in­clud­ing book reser­va­tions, and our vol­un­teers will be fully trained.” Alice Bo­den, who is a sup­porter of the Save Moor­land Road Li­brary, said: “The huge sup­port shown by our com­mu­nity has made us even more de­ter­mined to keep it open. “This li­brary will be run by our com­mu­nity, for our com­mu­nity, and more vol­un­teers are al­ways wel­come to join us.” More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the web­site www.moor­lan­droad­com­mu­nityli­brary.com or the Face­book page Moor­land Road Com­mu­nity Li­brary Vol­un­teers.

Mark Hay­ward, BANES coun­cil com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer; Alice Bo­den, trustee; Liz Hearn, chair of trustees, and June Player, coun­cil­lor for West­more­land ward

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