Group ‘bridges’ the library gap

Drop Folder News/Atex News. 18/11/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Ayton Library exterior.'104643a.
Drop Folder News/Atex News. 18/11/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Ayton Library exterior.'104643a.

A SCARBOROUGH library threatened with the axe is set for an exciting new chapter.

Ayton Library was originally earmarked for closure next month as county council bosses fought the strain of swingeing budget cuts.

However, the facility has been retained after a valiant campaign from residents who spearheaded a drive to preserve the revered building.

The community-based Derwent Valley Books, Resources, Information, Diversity, Groups, Education group will take over the day-to-day running of the library from April 1.

However, despite their strong rearguard action, the group still need further volunteers and have appealed for people to come forward and assist with the library’s running.

Suzanne Carr, a member of the Derwent Valley Steering Group, said: “We had to present a full business plan to North Yorkshire County Council by the beginning of February and we need to start fundraising and making applications for funding now.

“For legal reasons the library will have to close for a short time after March 31 but we hope to make this as short as possible, so hopefully, no one will notice that we are not there.

“Setting up a community library service is a new venture for both sides and there are a lot of discussions going on regarding the type of service we want to offer and what will still be provided by the county council.

“We need ongoing support from the whole community if this venture is to be a success.

“We already have people from villages across the Derwent Valley who have volunteered their skills, their time and their ideas but we still need more help with a wide range of activities, including distributing information, helping run the library and helping to raise funds.”

The group are holding a coffee morning on Saturday between 10am and noon in Ayton Village Hall to meet with confirmed volunteers.

However, anyone interested in joining the group are very welcome to attend.

The county council also have a link for people wanting to volunteer which is available onlne at www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraryvolunteers