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Library is about community
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RESIDENTS have a great story to tell about their community library, which is proving to be a vital facility for many.
The library had a refurbishment two years ago and the staff are doing all they can to boost numbers and ensure the library caters for all ages.
In May this year a community garden was opened at the library by the Mayor of Swindon and it has proved very popular with customers.
The garden project started two years ago and involved Swindon Council, the local community and Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Community Primary School.
Manager Michelle Fitzpatrick said: “We really like to be involved in the community and we are very much a community library. All the customers come here for different reasons.
“We have to do all we can to promote the library, particularly given our location, because we are not on a main road so we have to do our best to get out there and get people in.
“It is not just about people coming in here to take a book out. Because we are a community library we can offer a more personable service and people use it to come in and socialise.
“With the staff we have we are always happy to help someone if they need it with the computer, or if they have a question we find the right book to find the answer if it is available.
“The garden is a community garden, it is not a library garden, and we are on a big drive to invite volunteers to come and help out with the garden.
“The garden is the first of its kind for a library in Swindon and the main benefit is we have families coming in with picnics, picking up some books and then taking them outside and making more of their stay.
“It is always going to be an ongoing project and we would greatly appreciate people who can provide advice, expertise and hours to the garden.”
As well as the book and the computer service the library also plays host to a number of groups like a children’s story time on Fridays, history talks and an arts and crafts group.
The staff are also open to suggestions for groups and are looking to start a games club at the end of the month.
Moreen Mazzoleni, of Cheney Manor Road, has used the service for several years and said the library was in constant use by people and was a vital community facility.
She said: “I use it a lot and I think it is a very important part of the community. I like to read rather than watch the TV, so that is why I come here a lot and it has everything you need. The new garden is lovely and there are a lot of people who use the library and it is a social place to meet people.”
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