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Community library anniversary plea for funding help

Five years after volunteers took the reins, Tadcaster Community Library needs your help!

This Spring marks some amazing landmarks for Tadcaster Community Library. It is 10 years since volunteers from the area started running the library on a Wednesday afternoon, and five years since the Community took on the running of the library as a full time voluntary venture.

The library has been run by volunteers in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council since 2017 and in that time has seen a lot of changes, including technological advancements and a global pandemic!

Library Supervisor Katherine says, “I am so proud of everything we do at the library; the volunteers work really hard to provide a professional library service to the community. We managed to carry on providing library services throughout the lockdowns, offering socially distanced home library visits and a click and collect service so customers didn’t miss out on their books, even when we had to close to the public.”

Several of the original library volunteers are still part of the team, two as regular volunteers (Cathy Brown and Ann Jenkins) and two as Committee members (Sara Gott and Mick Clark). (pictured below)

The Library is a valuable community commodity, offering so much more than just an amazing choice of books. It’s a quiet study and work space for people who don’t have that option at home and it’s an event space for groups such as toddler story time, knitting and book groups. It offers computer use, internet, printing and scanning facilities and helps customers with Council bus passes and Blue Badges. The local primary schools have regular visits to the library and it also provides an important Home Library delivery service for any customers unable to get there themselves.

There’s no doubt that the library plays an important role in Tadcaster and now, for the first time in five years, the Library needs your help; it receives no funding from North Yorkshire and a combination of the effects of the pandemic and spiralling fuel costs, has left the library perilously short of funds. To ensure it can continue to provide the services the town needs, Tadcaster Community Library has launched a Regular Giving Scheme. If you can support the library through a small regular donation, the library will have a predictable revenue stream, allowing it to plan for the future and carry on being a key part of the town.

If you would like to support the Library in this way please ask in the library for a form, call 01609534525 or email katherine.tadcasterlibrary@gmail.com

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