Search for volunteers

ORGANISERS at Newby and Scalby Library are looking for community volunteers to help run it and a special drop-in session has been arranged to give people an insight into what is involved

It has been organised by two local councillors, Andrew Backhouse and Derek Bastiman, and will take place tomorrow between 2pm and 5pm.

As part of the budget cuts proposed by North Yorkshire County Council the library service will have to find more than £1 million in savings. Newby and Scalby Library will open for a minimum of 29 hours a week which is a 25 per cent cut in opening hours – and it is hoped that volunteers will come forward to open the library for the remaining hours.

Cllr backhouse, a Newby county councillor, said: “This drop-in session is a genuine opportunity for interested members of the community to see what becoming a volunteer entails, and more importantly an opportunity to safeguard the future of the library through community intervention. If enough volunteers come forward then not only will the library be able to continue operating for the full 41.5 hours, but there is potential to extend those hours and introduce other activities that will benefit the community.”

Cllr Bastiman added: “We have, to a degree, safeguarded the library for the immediate future. What we need to do now is work together to ensure that the library not only continues to operate as it is, but goes from strength to strength.”