Show of support at library day

Open day at Deeping Library , new sign-ups record broken EMN-150802-185833009

Open day at Deeping Library , new sign-ups record broken EMN-150802-185833009

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People showed their support for a library threatened with closure at an open day on Saturday.

The Friends of Deepings Library organised the event for the whole community, whether library users or not.

The group was set up under protest to look into the possibility of running the library - and last week Lincolnshire County Council’s executive voted to go ahead with plans to cut £2m from the library service.

That decision means the number of council-run libraries will drop from 47 to 15, and the remaining libraries including Deepings Library, will either be taken over by voluntary groups and turned into “community hubs” or be replaced by a “super-mobile” library.

The aim of the event on Saturday was to beat the previous record of 329, set in 2007, for the most visitors to the library on a Saturday.

Chairman of the Friends of Deepings Library Liz Waterland said: “In the end an astonishing 680 adults and children came through the doors. Everyone enjoyed themselves, with dressing-up, quizzes, colouring, homemade cakes and a chance to find out about the library and our campaign.

“The support from the community was amazing, with many wonderful comments about the library itself and our lovely staff. We wished that a county councillor had been there to hear it.’

The day also raised £224 for library support funds, 62 new Friends members signed up and more library users enrolled.