Our local library: reduced operating hours

As a Computer Science student of the early Internet age, I never thought I’d see the day where I once again found myself in a library.

Now, as a parent, I recently found myself walking to Woburn Sands library with my young son on a Saturday morning to exchange his books. Upon my arrival, I found a bright, warm library and my son embarked on a half an hour book selection process. And he said hello to some other children that he knew from pre-school too, making it a social destination for parents.

However, Milton Keynes Council can not afford to keep all of its libraries open full time. As a result, the library is now offering reduced opening hours and will be led by one part time member of staff supported by volunteers. MK Council would also like local Parishes to step in and assist – financially and/or through promoting the resource to source volunteers..

The library is a resource that, once gone, will not return. The laws of the land make it difficult for them to raise money (as I understand, they can not charge fees for lending) so the future of our library does require the involvement of Parish Councils and local people.

If you’re interested in supporting the library, do get in touch with their volunteers.


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