Next steps for Library Volunteers

Many thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in volunteering and we have been greatly encouraged by the excellent response. Hopefully you have all filled in an application form but, if not, we would be grateful if you will do so as soon as possible. It is our intention to arrange to speak with everyone individually to discuss your options and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have. We will also take the opportunity to tell you about the training that is being arranged for early next year.

We will be contacting you to arrange to meet with you on one of the following dates at the library:
Tuesday 29th November 13.00 to 16.00
Tuesday 6th December 13.00 to 16.00
Friday 9th December 09.30 to 12.30
If you are unable to meet with one of us on any one of these occasions please let us know on”

Open Day Update

The three Open Days which were held at the Library on 1st, 4th and 5th November were a great success and we are very grateful to the many people who came forward and volunteered to help at the Library.
We still looking for residents who can spare a couple of hours each week or fortnight and who want to contribute to their community, make new friends and be at the centre of local events. If you think you might be able to help then information is available at the Library or you can email for information –”

Volunteer Open Days

The first stage of recruitment of library volunteers will be a series of open days to be held at the library as follows

Tuesday 1st November 14.00 – 16.00

Friday 4th November 10.00 – 12.00

Saturday 5th November 10.00 – 12.00

If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have put your name forward at a previous event, we would be pleased to see you at one of these sessions. You will be able to find out more as to what will be involved and discuss with us the role you might prefer.

Progress at the Library – August 16

  • North Yorks County Council has accepted our business plan to take over the Library.
  • We have agreed the area which we will be able to have in the Library building as we will be sharing the space with the Children’s Centre and the 0-19 Prevention Team. We expect a draft lease from NYCC in September.
  • We will be looking to recruit volunteers over the period up to Christmas.
  • We hope to be able to open the Library on Friday afternoons in February and March, following volunteer training in January.
  • We are on course to take over the Library from 1st April 2017.

Library Business Plan

The Trust submitted its Business Plan to North Yorkshire County Council in June.

It was considered by the Assessment Panel on the 7th July who recommended that the Council should now proceed with detailed negotiations with the Trust to take over responsibility for the library.

The panel commented that they were impressed with the Plan and it’s accompany appendices, which demonstrate the ambition of the group for the library and the local community, recognising that a library is more than just the books.