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Poole’s first community library opens to residents

Poole’s very first community library has opened its doors to eager readers. Bearwood Community Library, located within Bearwood Community Centre, has been stocked with a wide selection of books that are now available to borrow for readers of all ages.

Borough of Poole library staff have been working with a team of dedicated volunteers to prepare the new library, providing advice and support as well as new furniture and an initial stock of books. The library will now be run by the community centre and its volunteers, opening every Wednesday morning between 10.15am and 12.30pm.

Readers do not need to be a Poole libraries member to borrow a book, and there will be no fees or charges for the service. Whilst the library will only be open to the general public on one morning a week, community centre members can access the library at any time.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Libraries, Borough of Poole, said: “I’m delighted to see Poole’s first community library up and running. It has been great to see the amount of interest from groups across Poole in running their own library, which will ensure residents have access to a library service in the heart of their community.”

Cllr David Brown, Ward Member for Merley & Bearwood, Borough of Poole and a library volunteer, said: “The new library is set to be a real asset for local people. It has been great to see residents working together to get the library set up, it’s a real testament to their hard work and determination. I’m sure the library will be very well used, especially as it will provide opportunities for socialising with other local people whilst returning and taking out new books.”

Leslie Legg, Bearwood Community Centre Chairman, said: “We’re very proud of the hard work that our volunteers and centre manager have put into the new community library. We hope that local people will pay us a visit to see for themselves the great range of books on offer, as well as finding out more about all the other activities we have at the centre.”

The library is also seeking to add to its collection by asking for donations of unwanted books and DVDs. If you would like to donate, or to find out more, please call the centre manager Lynn Rowe on 07975 627515.