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Enderby Community Library launches with a fanfare

customers at counter 300x175Enderby Community Library officially opened its doors on Saturday 14th May to a fanfare provided by members of the Enderby Band.

The community run library had been opening its doors following a ‘soft-launch’ on May 3rd, when the first volunteers had a taste of ‘live’ operation of the library.

Also, in the days running up to the official launch date, last minute building work was taking place.

Ageing and weather-worn windows were replaced and a new light and airey room was created for use by small groups for meetings, etc.

A new disabled toilet and baby-changing facility were installed and lighting throughout the library was converted to LED units to save energy and provide better illumination.

Apart from being entertained by Enderby Band, visitors to the official launch were able to look around the new library and meet and speak with two special guests, local authors Lynda Page and Cathy Bramley (pictured below).

Lynda Page with Cathy Bramley
(l-r) Lynda Page with Cathy Bramley at Enderby Community Library

Tea, coffee and light-refreshments (generously donated by the Co-operative Food store 19 Cross Street) were available and in the main hall of the Civic Centre visitors were able to see presentations from local organisations and neighbourhood police officers. Face-painting with a literary theme was available for the younger visitors.

Outside, local estate agents Harrison Murray provided information and some light-hearted fun with a set of stocks and a plentiful supply of wet sponges (and not forgetting a plucky ‘victim’ for target practice!)

A 27 prize raffle was drawn at 3.30pm with winners being awarded prizes ranging from gift vouchers and free sessions at leisure centres to bottles of wine and chocolates. Prizes were donated by local businesses and organisations.

Full details of prize winners and prizes won is available to view in the library.

View Library address and opening times (as at 16th May 2016)

Some pictures from the day:

enderby band at library

face painting

at library counter

library counter shot

neighbourhood police at library

juniors at library

in the stocks

presentation tables library launch

Enderby Community Library
Townsend Road
LE19 4PG

Opening hours: 2pm-6pm Mon-Fri
Sat: 10am-2pm

Enderby Community Library  Facebook Page

Enderby Community Library information on Enderby Parish Council website

Enderby Community Library on Enderby Parish Council Facebook Page.

Monday 25th April sees the formal handover of Enderby Library to the community

Enderby Community LibraryLeicestershire County Council will formally hand over responsibility for running Enderby library to the Enderby Library Management Committee on Monday 25th April.

The Library will close at 1pm on Saturday 23rd April for a ‘transition period’.

When it re-opens as a ‘Community Library’ it will be fully staffed by volunteers with the support of the Enderby Library Management Committee and Enderby Parish Council.

People who offered to volunteer have been booked in on a number of training sessions on how to work in the library to be ready for the official launch of the Community Library in May.

Training includes booking out resources, reserving books and library cataloging systems.

Training will also include safeguarding and use of databases.

The training is being undertaken with the support of the County Council as part of the hand-over arrangements.

Photo: Maria Hetherington
Mrs M Hetherington

Volunteer Maria Hetherington is coordinating the training and she can be contacted on enderbylibrary@btconnect.com <mailto:enderbylibrary@btconnect.com> for more information about training and volunteering.

After the formal handover on April 25th, the library will be closed for a period to allow for some building improvement work to take place.

This will include creating a small meeting room and a toilet with baby changing facilities and disability access.

Some interior re-decoration is planned and other improvements are expected to be made in a staged process following the official launch.

The library will formally re-open on Saturday 14th May with a launch event. (See the launch event poster on the EYE’s ‘What’s On’ page)

The re-opening of the library will be marked by Enderby Band playing as well as a raffle and other events, including planned guest appearances by two local authors.

Refreshments will be available and it will also be a chance for members of the community to see the refurbished space and meet library volunteers.

Chairperson of the Library Management Committee, Cllr. Tracy Green says:

“It would be lovely to see existing and new library users at the launch event as the community takes over the running of this important facility”.

Enderby Parish Council and Community Library on Facebook

Leicestershire County Council – Community Libraries

Enderby Community Library on track to launch in May
(EYE news item March 13th 2016)


Enderby Community Library on track to launch in May

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In its latest communiqué regarding progress towards the operation of Enderby Library being taken over by the community, Enderby Library Management Committee has announced that it expects to launch the new service in early May 2016.

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. Where 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 Library Management Committee comprising enthusiastic volunteers and parish councillors was established in August 2015 to oversee the transition process and a number of meetings have been held since then to arrange implementation of the business plan.

Operation of the Library depends entirely on the commitment of volunteers and the Library Management Committee have been pleased to receive offers of help from local people covering a range of ages and experience.

Some core volunteers are being trained by the County Council and they, in turn, will eventually pass on their skills to other volunteers as the community service gets under way.

One of the aims was to improve on the existing Library offer and develop the Library as a ‘community hub’ rather than just offering the traditional library services. The management committee have visited and consulted with other similar community libraries and are endeavouring to incorporate the best practice.

Development of the Library as a community hub requires all types of skills and there will be an ongoing need for volunteers with a variety of interests and skills to commit as much or as little time as they are able. 

The Library will close week commencing 25th April 2016 for refurbishment after which time the Community Library will be launched.

On its launch, Enderby Community Library has revised the existing opening times to be 2pm-6pm, Monday-Saturday. The Parish Council conducted a survey early in the process to determine how the local community viewed the Library service and their preferred opening times. Enderby Library Management Committee will review the opening hours periodically and, dependent upon the volunteer commitment and customer demand will consider increasing these hours.

Anyone interested in volunteering at Enderby Community Library are asked to contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Mrs. Maria Hetherington, by email via this link

Local Area Coordination – Come and learn about this new scheme


(Updated 18/11/14)

Key community stakeholders are being invited to an event to learn about an exciting new scheme that is starting in Enderby.

Local Area Coordination (LAC) is an approach to supporting people and their families so they can enjoy a quality of life as part of their local community.

It is “…a model of support for vulnerable people which focuses on identifying and supporting those who need help before they reach crisis and working towards building an inclusive, resilient community around them.”

A meeting where people can learn more about the scheme, including how to become involved, is to be held at Enderby Civic Centre on Wednesday 19th November, commencing at 7.00pm.

Those wishing to attend are asked to confirm their attendance by either emailing mas@blaby.gov.uk or by telephone: 0116 272 7725.

View invitation flyer here.

LAC was originally developed in Western Australia in the 1980’s and is now being implemented across parts of England and Wales. It is an early intervention based approach, and aims to support people and their families to have a good life as part of their local community.

Some of the  desired outcomes for individuals and communities through the LAC project include:
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Fewer hospital/emergency admissions and visits to GP
  • Better quality of life; improved confidence and independence
  • Stronger individuals, families and communities
  • Improved community links and social interactions
  • Greater community cohesion, community capacity and resilience
  • Positive use of community assets and resources
  • Increased levels of people engaging in volunteering, training or employment

The scheme is currently running in other areas of the UK including Derby, Thurrock, Monmouthshire and Cumbria