Volunteers save Scalby Library from closure

Scalby Library has been saved from closure thanks to a new group of volunteers supported by the parish council.

Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 1:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 1:12 pm
Scalby Library saved by workers and volunteers. Judy Woodruffe,June Watson,Isobel Nixon,Kelsey Hodgson,Jackie Thompson. .pic Richard Ponter 161504b

The library had been earmarked for potential closure in February 2017 unless a community group came forward to run it.

The changes are part of a huge overhaul of library services by North Yorkshire County Council in the face of budget cuts. The council announced in July 2015 that from Spring 2017 there would be seven core libraries, five hybrid libraries and 30 community-managed libraries in the county.

Scarborough Library will be a core library for the district and Scalby Library is to become a community library.

Isobel Nixon, chairman of the Scalby Library Volunteer Management Group, said: “Six new people have agreed to become trustees of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation to be called Newby and Scalby Library and Information Centre.

“We will ensure the library’s services continue to be delivered, whilst Newby and Scalby Parish Council will take on the responsibility for the library building since its office is now at the library.

“We both understand what a vital service local libraries provide to the communities they serve and are determined this, and the wonderful Home Library Service should continue.”

Library meeting invitation

The group will be holding a meeting at Scalby Library on Thursday April 28 at 7pm for both existing and new volunteers.

Anyone who would like to know more but is unable to attend the meeting can telephone Scalby Library on (01609) 534059 and they will be put in touch with the new management group, or they can email [email protected]

The group will also be holding fundraising events in future, such as a stall at Scalby Fair on June 18, which need the wholehearted support of the local community.

If you would like to be involved get in touch.