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Old Town Community Library helped by local councillors

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(Left to right) Councillor Coles, Ungar and Dow with Kate Daly (seated right).JPG
Pictured left to right: Councillors Coles, Ungar and Dow with Kate Daly (seated right)

Local councillors have stepped in to fund new tables and chairs at Old Town Community Library after the previous ones fell into disrepair.

The Friends of Old Town Library approached Councillors John Ungar, Janet Coles and Jonathan Dow to see if they could help with the £570 needed, as the library is a registered charity which relies on community funding.

The money came from the devolved budget, a pot of money set aside for community causes. In this case it was used to purchase three new sets of furniture as the previous sets were falling apart.

As the library does not receive any financial help, the team relies on volunteers, book donations and financial support from library members.

As well as a good selection of books, the library, on Victoria Drive, provides laptops for on-site use only, a children’s corner and hot drinks. A printing and photocopying service is also available for a small fee and the main room can be hired by private groups.

Councillors Ungar, Coles and Dow said in a joint statement: “This is a wonderful library at the heart of the community and we urge residents to support it. So much can be gained from picking up a book, whatever your age, and we’re fortunate that there’s so much more on offer at this library including laptops where people can look at the internet, apply for jobs or find out about benefit entitlement. We would also like to thank all the volunteers that keep this library open, as without their dedication there wouldn’t be a library.”

Kate Daly, secretary of the Friends of Old Town Community Library, added: “We are very grateful to the councillors for their grant as it has made a big difference. The chairs are much better than the previous ones as they’re padded and should last a long time. This is a popular library and because so many others have closed, we get people from outside of the area visiting us - which we’re happy about as we welcome everyone.”

The library was refurbished in 2016 and usage has doubled since then. It is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 5pm, and Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 10am and 1pm. Pop in or visit the Old Town Community Library Facebook page for more information.

Published on 18 January, 2019