Friday, 24 June 2011

Library volunteers step in after council cuts

VOLUNTEERS have stepped in to open Knowle Library on Saturday afternoon after hours were cut by council bosses.


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Knowle Society volunteers will serve visitors from 2pm to 4pm.

The library was previously open to 5pm on Saturdays but this was cut to 2pm as part of savings plans by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council last year.

But the library will still close at 5pm on Monday compared to 7pm before the council cuts.

The extended opening hours will take affect from July 9. Computer access and enquiries will not be available during the extended hours.

In a press release, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, said: "I am delighted that Knowle Library is able to provide these extra opening hours, all thanks to The Knowle Society volunteers.

"People who are keen to have something to read, listen or watch for the weekend, will now have an additional two hours to access library services."

The society’s Bill Bohanna said: "Knowle Library continues to provide a strong community-based library service for local residents and visitors.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer voluntary help to increase access to these vital library services.”

The press release does not mention that volunteers were needed as a result of cuts by the council.

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