Volunteers will help library open longer

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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A COMMUNITY library could open for longer hours if more volunteers come forward to help.

So far 26 people have volunteered their time to help with the running of Warmsworth Library for 17 hours a week, as residents felt it was vital the community had somewhere to meet, get books, or even have a quiet place to do work.

Volunteers had to step in to run the site after Doncaster Council funding cuts left 14 libraries at risk of closing altogether.

A spokesman for Warmsworth Parish Council said: “The Library Management Committee has 26 committed volunteers who are currently undergoing training in running the library operation.

“The committee could still do with more and if any resident who has not already committed can find the time, they would be welcomed.

“The volunteers have provisionally agreed minimum opening times, which generally follow those at present.

“However if sufficient volunteers can be made available the opening situation will be improved and will enable a wider and varied service to be offered.”

When it was announced the library was facing closure a team of campaigners led by Georgina Mullis and her husband Coun Ray Mullis fought to keep the centre alive, and were praised by Doncaster mayor Peter Davies for their efforts when he officially cut the ribbon to reopen it.

The community library opened for its first day on March 19, when the volunteers decorated the building in bunting and balloons to celebrate the start of a new era.

It is hoped that the library in Edlington Lane will be developed into a community hub, where community groups such as knit and knatter clubs can get together.

It is now open from 10am to midday and then from 2pm to 6pm on Mondays and Tuesdays; from 2pm to 7.30pm on Wednesdays; from 2pm to 6pm on Fridays and from 10am to midday on Saturday.

If you are able to volunteer at the library, call Mrs Mullis on 01302 851901 or email the parish council at warmsworth-clerk@live.co.uk for more information.