Whiston Library Looking for Community Support

By on Monday, January 27, 2014

libraryfbadA group set up to save Whiston Library from closure is looking for community support at a meeting this Thursday.

Our Whiston Library, AKA OWL, invites everyone to the public gathering at Robert Foulkes Centre, Cook Street (off Shaw Lane, opp. Whiston Hospital), on Thursday 30 January at 7.00pm.

A main aim of the meeting is to find out what local people would like to see in the new-look library.

“We want to keep all the traditional elements of a public library, but we want to think outside the box, too,” said Volunteer Coordinator David Kernick.* “Do you want a cafe? DVD rentals? A youth drop-in? Space for performances and social gatherings?

“We need not only ideas from local people, but their support as volunteers, too. Whiston Library will be run by and for the community.”

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Knowsley Council voted unanimously to stop funding Whiston Library in March last year. Since then, a group has formed with the support of Liverpool-based Hugh Baird College.

The college will provide investment, expertise, and education and training, while OWL volunteers will keep the library going day-to-day. The aim is to take over on 1 April 2014, as soon as the council withdraws from the building.

Similar projects are up-and-running in Crosby, Croxteth and Grappenhall, near Warrington, and Hugh Baird is just weeks away from opening a community library next to its main campus in Bootle.

As well as volunteers for day-to-day duties, OWL is looking for help from local people with specific professional skills.

“If you have experience and skills in IT, PR, business planning, fundraising or management, we’d love to hear from you,” said David. “We’ll need people of all ages and with all kinds of abilities for this project.”

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*Disclosure: David Kernick is editor of Prescot Online.

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