Published Friday, 20 January 2017
Two community libraries open for business this month as organisations across the borough continue to respond to Telford & Wrekin Council’s appeal for help in running services it can no longer afford.
Hadley Learning Community took over the running of Hadley Library at the beginning of January in a tangible example of strong partnership working.
The library is being run with the support of both the school and Hadley and Leegomery Parish Council and opens from 2.30-5.30pm from Monday to Friday and 9.30am-1pm on Saturdays.
Dr Gill Eatough, principal of Hadley Learning Community, said: “The first couple of weeks of the new community library have been very well received by the public.
“Having the library located in the school can only strengthen our relations with the community and I am delighted that we have been able to help the council in this way.”
On Monday (JAN 23) Dawley Community Library opens in its new home at Dawley House, where it will be run by Great Dawley Town Council.
A lot of clubs and organisations catering for all ages meet at Dawley House so it is expected that the community library will be very popular in its new home.
There is also going to be an IT centre with computers for the public to use installed in the library, which will be open 9am-1pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9.30am-4.30am on a Tuesday.
Councillor Jane Pinter, mayor of Great Dawley, said: “I am really looking forward to the opening of the new Dawley Community Library on Monday. It is very pleasing that we have been able to protect a vital public service while at the same time helping Telford & Wrekin Council achieve the required savings.”
Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for libraries, said: “These libraries remain open after our appeal to our community at the start of last year for assistance in delivering services to help us achieve budget savings.
“I am delighted that we have had such a positive response from our community and it means that no library has had to close, the service is just being delivered in a different way.”