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Drighlington Library volunteers celebrate first year of success

GROWING NUMBERS:Volunteers and trustees have helped the library increase its membership massivley since becoming an independent community faciltity. (NS)

GROWING NUMBERS:Volunteers and trustees have helped the library increase its membership massivley since becoming an independent community faciltity. (NS)

The Friends of Drighlington Community Library held a special get together to say thank you to all those who have helped make their first year as an independent facility a huge success.

The library was closed by Leeds City Council in October 2012 but was re-opened the following month to run as an independent, community led facility.

Throughout the year, volunteers have worked tirelessly not only to double its opening hours from when the council was in control, but offer more computers and stock than before.

They have also seen their membership almost double over the past year and have introduced activities for all ages including a children’s storytime and a reading group every Friday afternoon, a regular school reading group on Tuesday and Friday where pupils visit the library and read at their leisure.

A work club is also run with the support of Morley’s job centre, to help local people find employment.

David Young from the library said: “We would like to thank all our trustees and volunteers for their hard, diligent and determined work in this early but undoubted success story.

“Although we’ve had this success in our first year, we always need more support and we would like to give a great welcome to anyone who would like to help us as a volunteer, trustee or donor.”

Supporting their community even further, from Tuesday, February 4 from 6pm-7.30pm, the library is starting a computer and laptop club to help people become more familiar with IT and any problems they may have.

 

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