New chapter for Winslow Library

The new Winslow Community Library marked its grand opening with a family celebration on Saturday.

A children’s fancy dress competition and a visit from the town MP John Bercow were among the highlights for visitors, who could also meet Winslow’s new librarian David Morgan and find out about the range of services the new library has to offer.

Launch event at Winslow Community Library. David Morgan, library manager.'130928M-C042

Launch event at Winslow Community Library. David Morgan, library manager.'130928M-C042

The opening is a proud moment for supporters of Winslow Library, who faced losing their much-loved facility after countywide cuts were announced in 2011.

Chairman of the Friends of Winslow Library, Guy Hawking, said: “The whole point of the family event was to celebrate the fact that the library has been saved from closure.

“We also wanted to advertise the services of local libraries, particularly for younger readers.”

Mr Hawking added: “More than 40 people offered their services and time, which is a really nice response from the community, and shows that a lot of people think it is important and want to keep the library going.

“I honestly think we have got the best of both worlds, because we have an enthusiastic band of volunteers to staff the library but also the expertise of professional librarian David Morgan from Haddenham Library.”

A total of 36 volunteers will assist Mr Morgan, each putting in one shift every two weeks. Two volunteers will be on hand every day alongside the librarian.