High hopes for future of community library

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, visited Warmsworth Library for the official opening after it became community run, He is pictured with  committee members Tony Wormley, councillor Ray Mullis, Georgina Mullis, Pam Gill and volunteers who plan to make the library a success. Picture: Marie Caley D3464MC

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, visited Warmsworth Library for the official opening after it became community run, He is pictured with committee members Tony Wormley, councillor Ray Mullis, Georgina Mullis, Pam Gill and volunteers who plan to make the library a success. Picture: Marie Caley D3464MC

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ANOTHER library which faced the axe under council cuts has been taken over by a band of volunteers.

Balloons and bunting heralded a new chapter for Warmsworth Library after Doncaster Council funding cuts left 14 libraries across the borough in danger of closure.

Library volunteer and former Doncaster councillor Georgina Mullis has been a key player in fighting for the library to stay open under the Warmsworth Community Partnership.

She said: “The opening event was an absolutely fantastic occasion. We had a story-teller come along and it was great to see the kids so mesmerised.

“We are even able to open the library for longer hours than before and we hope to be able to increase our opening times even more.

“I feel very positive about the library’s future. We’ve had some very generous contributions from local businesses and it’s a great place for people - particularly older people in the community - to meet and see other people.”

Mrs Mullis even hopes that the library in Edlington Lane could be transformed into a community hub, even becoming a meeting point for specialist interest groups such as knitting and walking groups.

Warmsworth has followed Bawtry, Rossington and Stainforth as libraries which are now being run by volunteers.

The Save Doncaster Libraries group continues to rally against the decision to cut funding to the libraries, with a campaign to raise funds to take the decision to a judicial review.

Elected mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, who cut the ribbon to declare the library officially re-open, described the event as a “very heartwarming affair”.

He also paid tribute to Mrs Mullis and her husband Coun Ray Mullis for the part they have played in getting the library up-and-running and mobilising volunteers to come forward.

Warmsworth Library will now open from 10am to midday on Monday and Tuesday, 2pm to 7.30pm on Wednesdays, 2pm to 6pm on Fridays and 10am to midday on Saturdays.

Anyone who is able to volunteer at the library or contribute in any way can call Mrs Mullis on 01302 851901 for more information.