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Library Volunteers Needed In North Yorkshire Libraries

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:02am 8th December 2016.

North Yorkshire County Council are launching a campaign to get people to volunteer in libraries.

The campaign, which launches later this month, encourages people to make a difference in their communities by helping to keep libraries open.

Currently, there are 10 community-managed libraries operating up and down the county, with a further 20 planned for the new year.

The change comes as a result of government cuts in funding which has seen the library budget reduced from £7.8 million in 2010 to £4.3 million in 2017/18.

Chris Metcalfe, from North Yorkshire County Council, said of the campaign:

“The response thus far has been superb and I feel confident that the new community libraries will be in safe hands. However, we must not be complacent.

“This campaign is an important reminder of the need for more volunteers in all our libraries and I would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch.

"Regardless or your age, background or experience, everyone has something to contribute and a great deal to gain from volunteering.”

Alex England is a volunteer at Eastfield Library in Scarborough, she said:

"I’ve definitely learned to deal with people a lot better. You learn about systems, how things work behind the scenes, customer service and problem solving.

"They’re all things I can put on my CV. That’s what employers are looking for. I went to the library all the time when I was little and Eastfield is my childhood library.

"I grew up reading books there and I remember my parents taking me. It would be such a shame to see any library close when people could keep them open by lending a hand.”

All libraries, including those that will continue to be run by the County Council, need volunteer involvement in order to maintain their current opening hours.

Recruitment sessions are planned for this month and the New Year along with a volunteer training programme. 

If you are interested, contact your local library or click here.

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