Following the decision by the County Council to transfer Eccleshall Library to a Community Managed Library, applications are now being requested.
The County Council have advised:
‘Groups with great ideas are being encouraged to apply to take on the day-to-day running and management of either Cheadle, Cheslyn Hay, Clayton, Eccleshall or Penkridge Library as a Community Managed Library.
The way in which libraries are used by the public has changed dramatically in the last decade. The development of Community Managed Libraries across Staffordshire is helping to not just revitalise them but also to make them more financially sustainable.
Staffordshire already has 20 Community Managed Libraries. The community groups and organisations that manage them still have have access to books, IT and information provided by the county council, but also use the rest of the library space to develop services they think are needed locally.
Management groups include local volunteer groups, a health trust, a church and even the Rotarians. One group, the Werrington Community Volunteer Group, recently received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the equivalent of the MBE for voluntary groups.