A new community run library is opening in Timsbury next week – it’s the second brand new library to open as a result of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Modern Libraries Programme.
The new library, which will open its doors on Monday 26 November, will be run by Timsbury Parish Council and will be housed within the YMCA Building in North Road. The library will form the core part of a new Community Hub in the village, run by local volunteers. The Hub will provide an open public space for local people to drop in for information and social contact.
The Library is stocked with approximately 2,600 books to browse and has click and collect facilities, which enable users to order and return books available via the LibrariesWest catalogue. New library members can also be enrolled and there is free internet access, printing, scanning and laminating facilities.
Councillor Karen Warrington, Cabinet member for Transformation and Customer Services, said: “This is a fantastic new facility, providing both library facilities and a new social hub in the heart of the village. I’m sure it will be well used by local people. It has been a pleasure to work with the Parish Council and their volunteers in supporting them with the project and I wish them every success.”
The Parish Council applied in August to set up and run the library and was awarded a grant to help fund the preparation. The library will open four days a week: Mondays 9:30am – 12:30pm Tues 2 – 5pm, Thurs 2 – 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 12.30pm
The Parish Council has organised free Dial A Ride to the HUB on Mondays, which will run until the end of January.
Cllr Veronica Packham, Chair of Timsbury Parish Council, said “This library and Hub is a wonderful new facility for the village in which over 20 volunteers and the Parish Council are investing a great deal of enthusiasm. It is an important public place which will welcome residents to drop in. We are grateful to B&NES staff for all their help with this project and we look forward to working in partnership with them in future as we provide a service to our local community.”
A number of regular events are already planned at the Hub: Parent and Baby sessions on Mondays, pre-schoolers singing and story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a Memory group on Tuesdays. The Parish Council are also interested to hear from people who have ideas for other activities and events.