A new community run library is opening in Bishop Sutton this week - the first brand new library to open as a result of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Modern Libraries Programme.
The new library, which will be run by a group of volunteers managed by Stowey Sutton Parish Council, is housed in Methodist Chapel on the Street in Bishop Sutton and will open its doors on Saturday 10th November.
The library will be stocked with 700 library books as well as a second hand books for sale. Also available will be access to the ‘Click and Collect’ service which means that residents will be able order and return books available via the LibrariesWest catalogue as well as return books borrowed from other libraries. New library members can also be enrolled.
Councillor Karen Warrington, Cabinet member for Transformation and Customer Services, said: “It’s fantastic to see a new facility created in one of our rural communities within the Chew Valley. It has been a pleasure to work with the Parish Council and their volunteers in supporting them with their project. This is the first new library to open in Bath and North East Somerset for a number of years’ and it will provide a fantastic resource for local people. I congratulate the volunteers for their hard work in preparing for the library’s opening and wish them every success.”
The volunteers applied to the council in June to set up and run the library and were awarded a grant to help fund the preparation. The library will be open on Thursdays from 2pm-4.30pm and Saturdays from 10am-12 noon.
Councillor Liz Kingston from Stowey Sutton Parish Council said: “The official launch of Bishop Sutton Community Run Library is a highly anticipated event. So much time and effort has been put into this project by the local community, in particular the Volunteer Management Team, along with the solid guiding hands of B&NES. We are extremely excited about the ‘big opening' taking place on 10th November following the success of a few trial runs and look forward to welcoming many to this new community facility.”
The library is the first phase of a wider vision for the building which sees the creation of a community hub. It is hoped that the library will provide a meeting place for residents, somewhere that people of all ages can go for company and a cup of tea or coffee. There is a children’s area and free wi-fi provided by Truespeed. The facility is open to all, you don’t need to be resident in the village to use the new library.