A new library support group to represent library users in Kington and the surrounding area has been formed and will meet monthly. The group is clear that they do not want to replace existing provision by Herefordshire Council or to supplant the work done by professional library staff. Instead the aim is to support and develop activities within the library that will increase usage both of the building and the library services.
The group hopes to be a catalyst for activities and events in the library, and they all agreed that these should be very varied in order to be as inclusive as possible. Ideas discussed included local authors, book reading and story-telling for young families, fundraising events, IT courses, craft activities and 40+ health checks.
One big hurdle is the need for out-of-hours access to the library, as the current opening hours limit what can be done. This is mainly an insurance issue – and it affects other libraries in the county, so the search for a solution would benefit everyone.
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Oxford Arms Hotel, Duke St, Kington. To find out more, contact Steph Baines on 01544 230286 or email library4Kington@yahoo.com.