It was the end of an era when Deepings Library users said farewell to four members of staff – just one month before Lincolnshire County Council and its plans for libraries is back in the High Court.
Friends of Deeping Library (FoDL) held a celebration on Saturday to offer their best wishes to Linda Seemer, Mary Simmons, Heather Chambers, Maura Homestead and Kate Culley, who have lost their jobs through redundancy or redeployment.
Deepings Library is one of 32 to lose its funding when the authority decided to cut £2million from its annual £6million libraries budget in February.
The building housing the library in High Street will now be closed for the summer while the county council spends £175,000 refurbishing it.
The authority wants to turn Wake House, which has not been refurbished for 20 years, into a community hub with office space, making it a more viable option.
However, it didn’t stop the library users and staff having a celebration they will never forget.
A spokesman for the FoDL said: “The farewell gathering was a bitter-sweet morning.
“We were saying goodbye, but also celebrating our library staff for their years of service, dedication and care which has made Deeping Library and its community so special.
“Over the morning more than 150 library users’ came along to sign a card, share balloons, cakes and stories about the library.
“One of the Lincolnshire Libraries staff who spent some time in Deeping as holiday cover recently said that, of all the libraries she had worked in, none had been so friendly or had had such nice customers as ours.
“Our best wishes go with Linda, Mary, Heather, Maura and Kate. We shall miss them sorely.
“Our thanks go to everyone who came to see them off in such style.”
During the closure, there will be a mobile service every Saturday from 10.30am to 3pm.
The council is continuing its discussions with the local community and district council on the long-term plans for the library when it reopens in September.