Mobile unit in use as Kanturk library hits delay
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.