The news means that nine of the county council’s 36 community libraries will have transferred this year, with most of the remainder due to transfer in 2016.
Brian Langton from the Leicester Forest East Community Library group said:
“Today is a major milestone for the future of the library at Leicester Forest East. The group has a strong leadership team of trustees, with a clear focus on providing a real benefit to the local community.
“We have a number of services and facilities to introduce, while retaining a strong, much needed library service to LFE.
“We have recruited a large number of passionate volunteers who are enthusiastic to get started and we look forward to opening the doors on December 16.”
Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for libraries – who also represents Leicester Forest East – said:
“I’m delighted Leicester Forest East residents are now running their village library and have lots of ideas to make it even more popular and well-used.
“The council has been carrying out further work with other communities which need more help with their plans. I hope that groups can come forward to run all 36 libraries.”
The County Council invited 36 communities to manage their libraries, as part of the library service’s £800,000 savings.
At least 30, including Enderby, are set to reach agreement between now and April 2016. In Enderby, the vision is not only to continue to provide the existing Library service but also expand the offering over time and create a Community Hub where local people can avail themselves of a range of resources.
Drop-in to Enderby Library
Enderby Library Management Committe have sent the volunteers a letter inviting them to attend at one or both of two ‘Drop-in Events’ which will be held at Enderby Library, Townsend Road, Enderby on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 – 12 Noon until 3pm and Tuesday, 19th January 2016 – 4pm until 7pm.
The Drop-in Sessions are open to others who are interested but have not yet volunteered, or would just like to chat with committee members about the Enderby Community Library project.
The first community library to open was Barrow upon Soar.