The community managed libraries peer network has published our first newsletter. We welcome comments, suggestions for content and most importantly we’d like network members to contribute to future editions of the newsletter. If you have anything you’d like published in the next issue then email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Locality’s Annual Convention is two days of inspirational learning, connecting and networking with our diverse and interactive schedule of sessions, talks and workshops. This year’s convention looks at how we can put communities back in control.
Join the Community Libraries Network and hundreds of inspiring Locality members, partners and people working in the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors for the biggest community sector event of the year.
Find out more and book your place now:
Communities in control
We’re excited to confirm our first training opportunity for the community managed libraries network. It will be a half day workshop on legal and governance issues pertaining to community managed libraries and it will be hosted and delivered by David Alcock at Anthony Collins Solicitors in Birmingham. David and the team have worked with the social sector for many years and advised community managed libraries on a wealth of legal and governance issues so this will be a very valuable workshop.
More details on the workshop and how you can sign up will follow shortly but please put Friday 10th November in your diaries and make sure you sign up to our blog to ensure that you’re the first to hear of this and other training opportunities.
Libraries Week is an annual week-long showcase of the best that UK libraries have to offer. It runs from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October 2017 and it’s a chance for people to discover the range of things they can do at their local library. This is a week for ALL libraries including all our great community managed libraries. This year’s theme is Discovery.
So how can you find out more?
You can find out more register your library on the Libraries Week website and don’t forget to follow them on social media for ideas and inspiration:
Here are the July news articles, blogs and mentions that we’ve found for community libraries (plus a little general libraries news too).
- Bradford: Volunteers help save Thornton Library, just yards from the birthplace of the Bronte sisters Volunteers take on running of library threatened with closure. Council still own the building.
- Bradford: Libraries in Undercliffe, Haworth Road and Menston remain closed after Council withdrew staff to save cash in April Had hoped to come to arrangements with community groups – but no success so far. Haworth Road to be sold (old building, very expensive to run)
- Brent: Cricklewood Library receives £40,000 pledge from Mayor of London Friends of Cricklewood Library are halfway to reaching their target but need to raise the full amount of nearly £120K by the 25 September. Library has been closed for 6 years.
- Coventry: Youngsters design logo for first ‘community-led library’ in Coventry
Cheylesmore Library will be closed for about two weeks at the end of August, to enable building works to take place to ‘open up’ the library into the Cheylesmore Community Centre. The winning logo will be used on badges for the volunteers.
- Essex: Community cinema opened up at library A community-run cinema opened its doors after a campaign to discover new uses for Writtle library.
- Lancashire: Volunteer dream fading but library will still re-open Thornton library likely to re-open, under council management. Discussions ongoing with community groups who had stepped forward, to enable them to be able to use the facility
- Lewisham: Concerns over Forest Hill Library plans to rent desk space (Bookseller)
- Lincolnshire: Lincolnshire Co-operative: supporting local libraries by building community hubs (Co-op news) Lincs co-op now runs three libraries, alongside its food stores, pharmacies and post offices. The libraries are at the the society’s pharmacy and post office site in Bar Lane, Waddington; its Spilsby Food Store on Post Office Lane; and on Fleet Street, Holbeach, sharing space with the pharmacy and post office. The libraries are run by volunteers but supported by Lincolnshire Co-operative’s staff from its food, pharmacies and post offices on site. Co-op colleagues help with tasks such as opening and closing libraries, supporting the volunteers, liaising with the volunteer coordinator, supporting library users, and banking duties. The co-op invested £35,000 in each library to set them up, and the council provides around £5,000 per year towards the running cost of each library and offered one-off grants of £15,000 for changes to buildings or equipment.
- North Somerset: Congresbury Parish Council celebrates handover of village library to community Congresbury Community Library, in Station Road, opened this month under the stewardship of Congresbury Parish Council – who will lead the library, working with a team of volunteers
- North Yorkshire: Novelist Leah Fleming officially opens new premises for Bentham Library
- NE Lincolnshire: Boutique offering ‘high quality’ fashion for affordable prices’ opens in the East Marsh Boutique opens in a library offering individual business units alongside a cafe. The Your Community Hub Community Interest Group took over operation of the Library, alongside the Care4all team, from NE Lincolnshire. [one of the ‘small business units’ mentioned in the article last week about the refurbished Grant Thorold library]
- Sefton: Birkdale stationmaster’s house open to the public during The Open local group fundraising to reopen house as community library
- Shropshire: Born Free star Virginia McKenna opens Ellesmere library Ellesmere Library moves to Meres Day Centre. To be managed by Shrewsbury-based social care charity Bethphage, which is taking over the operation of the day centre and the library from Shropshire Council.
- South Tyneside: Funding to be pulled from four community libraries which could close before end of year Funding for Whitburn, East Boldon, Boldon Lane and Primrose libraries to cease in December. Calls for community to step forward to run them.
- Staffordshire: Gnosall Library project extended by three years plans for a portable building which would extend the existing youth club. Original planning permission was for 3 years, now extended to 6. The library would be a community hub and the group would be changing its name to Glean Hub and applying for charity status. The village’s previous library was based at St Lawrence School, but the building was demolished to make way for the new St Lawrence Academy.
- Sunderland: Volunteers bring closed Sunderland library back to life reinvented as Fulwell Community Library after a community interest company was formed with the help of 92 volunteers.
- ALSO: Charity saves Sunderland library collection from the ashes Following the closure of Shiney Row Library last month, charity Sharp, who are based round the corner… have taken in a number of the books from the collection. It adds to the services already provided by the community hub, which include welfare, benefits and debt advice. Volunteers and staff have transformed an under-used meeting room to create a community library service…. Though it’s not a statutory library service, the community library will offer a free loans service of hundreds of books covering a range of genres, from general reference and crime to children’s books. The centre also acts as an electronic village hill with ten computers offering free internet access.
- Swindon: Beechcroft Road library to be turned into ‘thriving’ community hub library will be run by the Stratton St Margaret Parish Council
- Walsall: Pheasey Library in Great Barr WILL reopen – two months after Walsall Council axed facility Councillor Chris Towe to re-launch the facility next month. “We will be reopening part of Pheasey Library on September 1,” he said, “it will now become a Pheasey book borrowers and a book exchange service.
On Tuesday 25 July, over 15 members of the existing community libraries network stepped forward as members of a pilot group, to work through ideas around re-invigorating the network.
Building on earlier work done by Locality and the Upper Norwood Library Hub, and informed by a recent survey of members, they agreed common areas of interest and identified some priority actions.
We will share more about these over the next couple of months, and plan to use this site to explore further what is needed, and share a flavour of the diverse range of community managed libraries in England. We aim to increase membership of this network – and will use this site to ask questions, gather feedback and keep people updated.
If you are either are a volunteer in, or a trustee of an existing community managed library, or are in a community group who is exploring taking over your library, please subscribe by adding your email in the column on the right hand side. If you are interested in getting more closely involved, there will be lots of opportunities, so feel free to contact us by email: email@example.com