Lbrary is its own 40-year success story

Family history day at Crowland Library'Sue Keeney, Audrey Ellliott, Marion Brown - library development officer ANL-141014-121041001
Family history day at Crowland Library'Sue Keeney, Audrey Ellliott, Marion Brown - library development officer ANL-141014-121041001
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Crowland Library – one of the first volunteer partnerships in the county – is celebrating four decades in its current purpose-built premises.

Its anniversary is on Saturday, when it will also share its celebrations with the charity Crowland Cares, which has been based there for seven years, almost to the day.

There is a photographic display portraying the library’s history and already events and activities have taken place throughout the week.

On Tuesday, there were two family history internet taster sessions as part of Get Online Week.

Yesterday, the new visually impaired reading group at the Blind Society met at Crowland Royal British Legion Hall.

Today, pre-school children can enjoy story time with Bookstart Bear from 2.15pm to 2.45pm.

Crowland Cares is going from strength to strength, organising 350 trips for residents to hospital and surgery appointments in the past six months.

David Ringham, chairman, said: “Throughout all the changes taking place in libraries we are here to offer support to make sure our library stays open, as well as providing our own services.

“The library still has its own staff, but much of it is now automated and when there are no volunteers there we can offer support.

“We are linked to the South Holland Voluntary Car Scheme and that is working very well - there is always a need for new drivers.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Congratulations to Crowland Library as they celebrate four decades, especially poignant with the site being one of the first library partnerships in the county as the library has always been proactive on the volunteer front.

“It’s also a double celebration as it’s the seventh anniversary of the library’s collaboration with Crowland Cares, which assists with operating the helpdesk every weekday morning.”

An anniversary competition is running all week with questions on the events of 1974 when the library was opened. All correct entries will be placed into a draw and the first drawn will win a hamper of goodies.