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Sixth community library opens in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council has supported the opening of a sixth community library in the county, this time at Longtown.

The new library facility will be based at the village hall and will be open on alternate Wednesdays to start with and has a team of 12 willing volunteers ready to man it.

Diana Robinson, one of the leading lights in setting up the facility, said: “I am delighted that this facility has now opened and it has been a real community effort to get this far.

“The Longtown Show Committee has supported us by buying us permanent and lockable shelving where we can store all of the books and the Women’s Institute has paid for the rent of the hall during the fortnightly library sessions.

“We have also had 500 books donated by members of the community as well as having titles that will be regularly delivered by Herefordshire Council’s library services.

“We are hoping to extend opening hours in the future and also run some special storytelling sessions for children.

“I must also thank Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, who lives in nearby Michaelchurch and has been very supportive of the scheme and obviously wants residents in this area to be able to share his own love of literature,” she added.

Councillor Graham Powell, Herefordshire Council’s ward member for Golden Valley South, was at the opening and said he was delighted the library had been so well supported.

“These libraries are a great way to not only ensure a service is provided but also to bring the community together.

“Figures we have so far reveal that at the five community libraries open so far, we have already got an extra 50 per cent of residents using these services compared to the mobile library service and I hope residents will continue to support them both by volunteering to man them and, of course, borrowing books,” he added.