New life breathed into Ackworth Library

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 260115 - Press - Ackworth Library Grant - Ackworth Community Library, Ackworth, England - Rogert Brown & Helen Shaw at the Ackworth Community Library.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 260115 - Press - Ackworth Library Grant - Ackworth Community Library, Ackworth, England - Rogert Brown & Helen Shaw at the Ackworth Community Library.

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A village library has been given a funding grant to pay for a new librarian and stay open for six days a week.

Ackworth Community Library, which is run by a group of volunteers, was given £20,000 by the Esmée Fairburn Foundation charity.

The funding will be used to create a new part-time job at the library, which is based at the village’s parish council community centre, Bell Lane.

The library lost its funding from Wakefield Council and was closed in 2012 but it was reopened after one month by a group of volunteers.

It relies on grants and donations from charities to continue running.

It now has one librarian but the new part-time position will enable the library to open for six days a week, for at least four hours each day.

Librarian Helen Shaw said: “We are all delighted with the grant from the Esmée Fairburn Foundation.

“The funding will enable us to open more hours than ever and allow us to develop new projects and activities for our members and the local community whilst maintaining our high standards of service.

“Not only will we have open access six days a week the funding will ensure that we deliver the services and activities but become a hub for other community groups and a place where individuals can meet in a warm and friendly environment to read, learn how to use a computer or have a cup of tea and a chat.”

The library has more than 800 members and acts as a traditional lending library as well as supplying books, computer access and toys for local schools and groups.

It is currently open four days a week - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Esmée Fairburn Foundation offers grants to community charity organisations every year.

For more information about the library, or its opening times, contact librarian Helen Shaw on 01977 625617 or log on to www.ackworthcommunitylibrary.wordpress.com