The Melbourn Library Access Point has been doing very well over the last few months. At the same time the Cambs County Council has had to withdraw a large part of their Mobile service to the village. We feel there is an opportunity to fill the gap left in the service. In the past the LAP has opened on five days a week for two hours it now intends to open for all six working days for two hours. We have been able to do this as a result of recruiting extra volunteers. We are very fortunate in that our main asset is our dedicated volunteers. We are proud of the service they provide. We like to think that it is more than just a Library but is also a place for local people to meet.
Our opening times from 11th January 2010 will be:
Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday. 2.30 to 4.30pm.
Thursday. 5.00 to 7.00pm
Saturday. 10.00 to 12.00 Midday
Over the course of 8 months, the free Melbourn Library storytime has built up a loyal following and a real sense of identity, due in no small part to the hard work and dedication of Sharon Tutty and Eleanor Fitzgerald, to whom we extend our thanks. Sharon is now embarking on a new career path, with which we wish her the very best of luck.
Thanks to those volunteers who have come forward to keep Story Time up and running so successfully.
As well as reading, volunteers are encouraged to build their own interests into the sessions if they want to e.g. drama, singing or crafts. Most of those attending the sessions are too small to protest so you couldn’t ask for a more obliging audience! And don’t worry if you don’t have any relevant interests, as the emphasis really is on creating a relaxed, friendly setting for those coming along.
If you feel able to help some Thursday mornings, between 10am and 10.45am, then please do give Jocelyn Robson a call on 07899 898061 or register your interest at the library (01763 269956).
Cambridgeshire County Council’s ruling group has decided keep £25 million in reserve, and to cut its support to ten Library Access Points across the county by 50% – a total of just £15,000. That includes Melbourn Library.
Ironically, the cut in support comes at a time when Melbourn Library is at an exciting crossroads. With new volunteers, a popular Under Fives Story Time, and realistic hopes of relocating to permanent premises, the library is looking to the future.
As an ’access point,’ the library houses a modest number of books but serves as an ordering, collection and return point for virtually any book in the Cambridgeshire Library system. You can order items from the on-line catalogue www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/online or by phone 0345 045 5225, and collect them at Melbourn. Items taken out anywhere in Cambridgeshire can be returned at Melbourn. The service is free.
The library is located in the aqua blue building with the bright red doors adjacent to the entrance of Melbourn Village College. It is open MWF 2:30–4:30, Th 5–7 and Sat 10–12. Under Fives Story Time is Thursdays during term time, 10–10:45 – just come along! Thanks to Parish Councillor Jocelyn Robson for spearheading the Story Time initiative.
Watch this space – ideas for permanent premises are now being discussed by the Parish Council. Regular updates will be posted at www.susanvandeven.com and on the Village website.
Please consider donating your unwanted children’s books to
MELBOURN DISTRICT LIBRARY
Please drop any donations into the Library during opening hours,
or at Melbourn Village College reception outside those hours.
Thank you for helping us share the joys of reading.