The Barrow Community Library management team has secured a grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) to update the kitchen, toilet and outside store and replace the boundary fencing.
Three years ago, when the library became a volunteer run facility, we inherited very basic toilet and kitchen facilities and very limited storage. The toilet, which doubled as storage, was only accessible by going through the offi ce and kitchen. Not at all user friendly! The kitchen was very outdated and back in the day it was never anticipated it would be used by community groups. Work began in June to improve all this.
You should now be able to see a fully accessible toilet with the addition of a baby changing table. The kitchen has been updated with the addition of a separate hand-washing facility. The store cupboard has been designated as an offi ce for Angeline, the volunteer co-ordinator. The corner of the building where bins were stored has been converted to a closed-in store area and the crumbling fencing has been renewed.
Local author Laura Pearson will give a talk in the library at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26th on her fi rst novel “Missing Pieces”, which was published in July this year.
The library is increasingly being used by community groups and hire groups, the income from which is essential to sustain the service as funding from the Leicestershire County Council tapers out. Library users, those attending the weekly events, meeting groups and exercise classes will benefit from the upgraded facilities as will our 50 fabulous volunteers when they are on shift. Please pop in to see our new facilities.
We are looking forward to a busy autumn to include a music quiz, monthly talks, and weekly craft and Rhyme Time groups.