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Grand Re-opening Of Scalby Library

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7:20am 10th April 2017

Scalby Library is celebrating its grand re-opening today.

It comes as the facility has now been taken over by volunteers in the community, one of 21 libraries in North Yorkshire which are to be managed in that way.

North Yorkshire County Council announced the changes two years ago in the way it would deliver its library services.

The running of the library by the volunteers meant it was spared from closure by the council, which was proposed in order to save costs.

Isabel Nixon is the Chair of the Trustees of Newby and Scalby Information centre. She said:

"I think we feel quite tired but also very elated because it's been a long time coming. It's one of those things where you're preparing and preparing and you can hardly believe that the day has actually arrived.

We've spent time getting the library spruced up especially for the opening. We've had all our windows cleaned and been shopping for various things that we think we'll need.

It's been everything from policy development to scrubbing the toilets. Everything has been going on and lots of people have been a part of that."

Listen to more of what Isabel had to say to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Edward Breslin below:

The ceremony will get underway from 11.00am where the ribbon will be cut by a member of the local parish who has been using the library facilities since 1964.

The Mayor of Scarborough will be in attendance as well as all the various groups that have assisted the library in getting it re-opened and refreshment will be on offer. 


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David Evans, on 12th April 2017 3:13pm
A great initiative by a wonderful group of ladies (and gentlemen I trust). It's a shame local councils put so little support into our libraries now, but this team in Scalby are doing their bit and quite simply are worthy of all our gratitude.

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