Mo­bile unit in use as Kan­turk li­brary hits de­lay

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

A mo­bile li­brary is be­ing de­ployed in a north Cork town due to an un­fore­seen de­lay in fit­ting out a build­ing for a new pub­lic li­brary.

Cork County Coun­cil has re­cently leased a build­ing in Strand Street, Kan­turk, for the pur­pose of re­lo­cat­ing the town’s li­brary.

Un­for­tu­nately, some un­fore­seen de­lays re­port­edly emerged in get­ting the build­ing ren­o­vated to an ac­cept­able stan­dard for pub­lic use.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity, a coun­cil meeting heard, is work­ing with the owner of the build­ing in try­ing to rec­tify these is­sues as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Cllr John Paul O’Shea said that a mo­bile li­brary will, in the in­terim, serve the peo­ple of Kan­turk.

It was lo­cated in the live­stock mart’s car park last Fri­day and is due to com­mence op­er­a­tions to­day, Tues­day.

“This will be a full-time, five-day per week ser­vice.

“The stock within the mo­bile li­brary will be fre­quently re­plen­ished and up­dated,” Mr O’Shea said.

“The chil­dren’s book fes­ti­val has not passed Kan­turk by, as Cork County Li­brary Ser­vice has or­gan­ised author vis­its for the schools.

“We have a spe­cial literary day in De­cem­ber in the Trade Union Hall where renowned chil­dren’s authors will read and dis­cuss books and writ­ing with fam­i­lies,” the Fine Gael coun­cil­lor added.

The coun­cil had un­ex­pect­edly closed the for­mer li­brary on the town’s Main Street in late June 2017, due to what had been de­scribed as “struc­tural con­cerns” in re­la­tion to the leased build­ing.

Mean­while, Mr O’Shea also con­firmed the New­mar­ket li­brary will be open 21 hours weekly, at least un­til the end of the year.

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