Library Trustee Susan Perkins has received the Bedale Community Award 2019 on behalf of Bedale Community Library.
This Award is made in recognition of the contribution made by the Trustees and volunteers who have ensured that Bedale Community Library remains open and continues to be an asset to the local community.
Had it not been for a small group of people committed to keeping a library open in Bedale it would have closed due to cuts in County Council spending. As it is, the library is in its third year as a community run organisation. The Trustees and the library’s volunteers and supporters have continued to make it a safe and welcoming place for all generations. Ever mindful of the needs of its library users and recognising that changes had to be made to address those needs, a programme of refurbishment has been carried out. The library not only provides access to books and media; in order to engage with and inform the Community it has hosted events by local authors and poets, mounted a display commemorating Hospital Bedale among others of local interest, provided First Aid courses for new mothers and latterly embraced Makaton Training so that the library continues to be seen as an inclusive organisation. Activities are provided to encourage a love of reading and develop creativity in the young. A delivery service is provided for the housebound, those who would otherwise not benefit from the use of the library. This service also helps to address loneliness and isolation.
Published: 16/05/2019 Published by: Mick Hill
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