Library in safe hands thanks to volunteers

12-538  Community library at Ivinghoe.'Manager Michelle West, and volunteer Gloria Snowden, left, show off the new library cards.
12-538 Community library at Ivinghoe.'Manager Michelle West, and volunteer Gloria Snowden, left, show off the new library cards.

A LIBRARY that was taken over by its community has a positive future and hopes to become a service more suited to the needs of the area.

The management committee that runs Beacon Villages Community Library in Ivinghoe is planning on making the facility more interactive with the public by including schools visits and asking people what they want.

Its future was under threat when Bucks County Council decided it couldn’t afford to run it and asked the local people to step up and run it themselves.

A voluntary management committee took over and renamed it the Beacon Villages Community Library because it serves Pitstone, Marsworth and surrounding areas.

It had an official launch by children’s author Robin Price earlier this month.

Chairman Emma Huxley said: “We want to engage with the community more and work with groups, encourage school visits and get involved with playgroups and pre-schools.”

New library cards have been issued to members and the committee is working on ways to bring in more cash for the running costs.