Steady flow of interested residents attend first of two Enderby Community Library ‘Drop-In’ events

Enderby Community LibraryOn Tuesday 12th January, a steady flow of interested residents attended at the first of two ‘drop-in’ events arranged by the Enderby Community Library Management Committee.

The session took place between 12 noon and 3pm. The second session, scheduled for Tuesday 19th January, will take place between 4pm and 7pm.

At the drop-in sessions, members of the public can learn about progress made to date with the transfer of the Library provision in Enderby from the County Council to the local community.

The sessions are also an opportunity for those who have already volunteered to help run the Library affirm their interests, as well as welcome anyone who has not yet offered their services.

A large number of residents attended an initial meeting in the Civic Centre after it was announced that Leicestershire County Council were withdrawing Library services from a number of areas, including Enderby. At a subsequent public meeting, Enderby Parish Council agreed to lead on a rescue plan.

The County Council did offer support for any of the affected areas to avoid the closures by the communities themselves taking over the running of their libraries, (subject to a successful ‘business plan’ being put forward and approved).

In January 2014 Leicestershire County Council announced it intended to “protect” its 16 bigger libraries but wanted to save up to £1.4 million a year by transferring 37 of its smaller branches (including Enderby) to their respective communities. If no community expressed interest, the Library would almost certainly close.

Under the auspices of Enderby Parish Council, a comprehensive business plan was drawn up in September 2015 and subsequently accepted by the County Council.

A Management Committee comprising enthusiastic volunteers and parish councillors was established in August 2015 to oversee the transition process.

Arrangements are on track to officially transfer the Library to its community run status towards the middle of 2016.

On its Facebook page, the Library Management Committee posted:

Thank you to everyone who signed up to Volunteer at Enderby Community Library at the Drop-in event today. It was great to meet everyone!

If you know of anyone interested in becoming a volunteer please spread the word.

The second of the two drop-in events is due to be held on
Tuesday 19th January 2016 between 4pm and 7pm.

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