Whiston Library Shuts, Will Re-open April, May

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

Whiston_Library_KnowsleyWhiston Library opens for the last time today, Friday 28 March, to be relaunched in a few weeks’ time as Whiston Library & Community Hub.

Under pressure of budget cuts, Knowsley Council voted to close the library in March 2013.

Local volunteers have rallied around to save it, however, and they hope to re-open the building to the community in late April or early May.

As well as keeping computer access and the traditional lending library, provisional plans include providing adult learning, hosting community groups and offering a place for local people to meet over coffee.

owl_logo_with_mascot_300_px“We can’t wait to get inside and form a real vision for the place and what it could mean to the community,” said David Kernick of Our Whiston Library, aka OWL.*

“The current staff have done a great job promoting learning and literacy in Whiston over the years, and we’re looking forward to building on their legacy to create a vibrant hub of activity for everyone in the town, from the youngest to the oldest.”

OWL welcomes volunteers from all walks of life to help run the new library and community hub. Benefits of volunteering include gaining confidence and making new friends, adding experience to a CV or UCAS application, learning transferable skills to boost employability, and the satisfaction of putting something back into the community.

Find out more at www.whistonlibrary.org.uk.

* David Kernick is Editor of Prescot Online

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