A four hour event promoting community running of Staffordshire’s libraries will be held this week at one of the four still needing a management group.
The informal session at Great Wyrley library between 11am and 3pm on Friday, September 30th, is open to both individuals and representatives of groups who may be interested, or simply want to find out more about volunteering in their local library.
With 19 of the county’s libraries already either transferred, or in the process of transferring, to community management, attention is focused on identifying management groups for the remaining four at Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay, Loggerheads and Talke.
Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, said:
This process is committed to putting smaller libraries in the hands of groups who can tailor additional services to further meet the needs of their communities.”
The decision to divide the libraries estate between 20 managed and delivered directly by the county council and 23 managed and delivered by community groups or voluntary and public sector organisations was made in February 2015 after two rounds of public consultation.
The arrangement sees the management and day-to-day running of the library taken over by the community group, which has access to the library service’s stock and IT network, while the authority remains responsible for agreed utility and maintenance costs.
Gill Heath said:
All the groups already taking on community libraries receive a great deal of support and training and remain part of the Staffordshire library family once they’re up and running.”
Staffordshire Libraries has also recruited more than 380 individual volunteers since January and staff will also be on hand to discuss a variety of volunteering opportunities available.
The event at Great Wyrley is followed by a similar event at Cheslyn Hay library on October 7th, between 1 and 5pm. Applications for the remaining four can be made until January 20th, 2017.