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New community library to open in Garway

A new community library is to open in Garway’s village hall on Thursday (January 5) to coincide with a monthly market held in the village.

The library is being opened as part of Herefordshire Council’s Future Libraries project, being run in conjunction with Shropshire Council, which aims to support communities to develop their own services but supported by the council’s library stock and deliveries.

Councillor Roger Phillips, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for enterprise and culture, said: “We have been working closely with local communities to see whether they would be able to run their own library service and I am delighted that this new library will now be available to residents in the Garway area.

“Some 20 communities in the county have already expressed an interest in running their own library and we are working with them to see how the library service can support their plans by providing regular stocks of books and simple systems for them to track where any borrowed books are.”

Councillor Russell B. Hamilton, ward member, said: “I am a keen advocate of community libraries and the introduction of this new service reinforces just how important they are to local communities. I anticipate that there will be others throughout the ward as I believe they make a big contribution towards supporting local services.

"I would urge local residents to use the library as it is yet another important step towards improving the range of services provided locally along with the long term sustainability of our rural communities.

"I would like to thank local resident, Hilary Smallwood, for taking a lead and establishing this library with the support of Garway Parish Council," he added.