Castle Donington Community library is now officially in the hands of a team of volunteers who have agreed to run it. The first day of the takeover went well, with a steady trickle of library members calling in to borrow or return books, use the library computers, or carry out local history research.
Members were extremely patient as the newly-trained volunteer staff got to grips with unfamiliar systems and equipment used in running the library. Staff also restocked shelves and sorted books into genres to make them easier for borrowers to browse and find favourites.
For the foreseeable future the library will continue to open at its usual times, but it is hoped to extend the hours eventually. All the usual services are still available too, but the new management team is already looking at ways to improve the offering. Library users are asked to make suggestions for new services they would like to see.
Castle Donington Library is about to be transformed into Castle Donington Community Library. Starting on 22 June 2016 the control and day to day running of the library on Delven Lane will move from Leicestershire County Council Library Services to a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by volunteers from the local community. It is hoped that the take over will be seamless. Initially the opening hours and services will be unchanged. However the new library management committee hope, over time, to extend the opening hours and enhance the services and events offered. The first step will be to offer wireless high speed broadband.
The new community library is funded by grants from Leicestershire County Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Castle Donington Parish Council. Chris Hills, Vice-chairman of the Parish Council said: “The Parish Council was disappointed to learn that the library was under threat. We believe that it is important we help to protect local services, as such we have championed the formation of the volunteer run organisation and will do all we can to support it in the future. I believe that locally run services better address the needs of our community.” The new Community Library will be officially opened on 9 July by children’s author Andrew Cope. He has written books from the Spy Dog, Spy Pups and Spy Cat series.