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Library reopens doors on Saturdays
Saturday 26th October, 2013

Library reopens doors on Saturdays
Cathy McGoff

SHEVINGTON Library has reopened its doors at the weekend thanks to a partnership between leisure and culture provider WLCT and the local community.

Volunteers have come on board to open the facility from 10am-12noon every Saturday.

Rob Sanderson, of WLCT, said: “Saturday opening hours at Shevington Library were lost in April due to funding pressures, however customers fed back to councillors that they really wanted to see these reinstated, particularly for those people who couldn’t access the library during the week.

“We carried out a campaign to recruit volunteers and had a really positive response. We offered training to those who wanted to get involved and now, a month on, it’s going really well. We’re really pleased that we have been able to find an innovative way to continue providing this much valued service to the community at the weekend.”

Cathy McGoff, one of the volunteers, is a mum of two whose family use the library regularly. She said: “Having the library open at weekends is a valuable service for the community and I wanted to give something back so decided to volunteer.

“Everyone is really nice to work with and it’s been a great learning experience - there are so many services the library offers that you just don’t realise!”

Pauline Eccles, another volunteer, said: “I really missed the library being open on a Saturday and am very glad that I volunteered to help - I’ve made new friends and learned new skills in the process.”

Cllr Chris Ready, Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved when organisations work in partnership with the community for the benefit of everyone. The local councillors did a fantastic job in driving this forward, helping to make a real difference in difficult times. I am delighted that this approach has proved such a success in Shevington.”

To find out more about your local library, visit www.wlct.org/wigan

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