Library saved by volunteers

Library saved by volunteers

Library saved by volunteers

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A Hampshire library has been saved after it was handed over to be run by volunteers.

Council chiefs have announced that North Baddesley library will remain open, after transferring the running of the service to Friends of North Baddesley Library.

The Willis Avenue site had been in danger of being replaced by a mobile library, amid council cuts to the service.

But Hampshire County Council’s culture and recreation boss, Cllr Keith Chapman, has now approved plans for the group to run the site.

Civic chiefs have pledged to continue working with the group, by providing books and supporting the volunteers in the library.

The new arrangement will take effect from March 31 next year.

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8:24am Fri 7 Dec 12

Ozmosis says...

And that is going to be the future of the library service - terrible that it's come to this....
And that is going to be the future of the library service - terrible that it's come to this.... Ozmosis
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8:48am Fri 7 Dec 12

10 Minute Man says...

So after 6 months of enthusiasm it will be held up as a beacon of Big Society (remember that ?) showing that we don't need people to be paid for as vital a role as open and free access to books. Then the avalanche of closures or libraries being turned over to unelected special interest groups.
So after 6 months of enthusiasm it will be held up as a beacon of Big Society (remember that ?) showing that we don't need people to be paid for as vital a role as open and free access to books. Then the avalanche of closures or libraries being turned over to unelected special interest groups. 10 Minute Man
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