Brighter future ahead for threatened library

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LONG Crendon Library has been handed a lifeline after Oxfordshire County Council agreed to a partnership system which will give communities a far greater role.

Plans are in place to improve the village library’s opening hours to reflect demand, to offer a toy library and extend the range of activities to include film nights, educational classes and a delivery service for those who find leaving the house difficult.

Bucks County Council cabinet member for community engagement, Martin Phillips, said: “In this tough financial climate we have had to take a fresh look at the way we run some of our services.

“We have a strong partnership model that can ensure the sustainability for the future of our local libraries, and give people the opportunity to tailor services to the needs of their communities.

“Working with local community groups on these projects has been inspiring and we appreciate the hard work and community spirit that we have seen so far.

“The plans are exciting and will enable these local libraries, with our support, to develop their services around their own communities needs.”