Official start of new chapter for Saltford Library
Saltford Library is now in the hands of the community and an official ceremony has been held to mark the milestone.
The service is now being run by volunteers and will soon incorporate the village post office, too.
The community library was officially opened on July 21 by Councillor Karen Warrington, cabinet member for transformation and customer services, and David Halton, the chair of the newly formed Saltford Community Library Hub Ltd.
Councillor Warrington said: “We’re over the moon to see Saltford become the first community library to open its doors. This is a tremendous achievement and is testament to all the hard work of the members of the Saltford community, together with staff from the council’s Libraries and Information team.
“This is an exciting chapter in the Modern Libraries story. It’s great to see so much activity from people keen to develop their own library – run by the community; for the community – with the support of Bath and North East Somerset Council. We look forward to seeing Saltford go from strength to strength, inspiring other communities to follow suit; with Stowey Sutton Community Library anticipated in September; and Weston in October. At this rate, we’re soon going to have even more libraries than we started with!”
The library is currently open all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays (closing between 1pm and 2pm) and Saturday mornings. Once the post office opens in the same premises, the library will open from Monday to Saturday.
The library is now stocking greetings cards and stationery, the sale of which will help fund the community scheme.David Halton said: “Opening the Saltford Community Library is the first stage in providing a new facility for residents of Saltford.
“I want to thank all the community volunteers, Saltford Community Association, Saltford Parish Council and local residents for their significant financial support in making this event possible.
“I particularly want to thank members of the management team who have worked tirelessly with Bath and North East Somerset Council to provide this wonderful new library in Saltford.”