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Smart new refit for Uffculme Library aims to help children catch up on missed schooling

Posted on 10 Nov 2020

Uffculme Library will be getting a fresh new look thanks to the generosity of local supporters.

It’s hoped the new shelving, noticeboards and paintwork will enhance the library and attract new users to discover this vital community resource.

The library will be closed from Monday 16th November, 12pm and will reopen again on Monday 7th December.

Much of the work will be directed toward enhancing the children’s library section. Libraries Unlimited is particularly keen to welcome more children to the library, especially those who have been at risk of dropping behind with their education due to lockdown restrictions.

Libraries Unlimited Chief Executive Alex Kittow said: “With new shelving, paintwork, noticeboards, children’s tables and chairs and a new external returns box so people can take their books back outside hours, Uffculme Library is getting a significant facelift. We’re also pleased that the community has come together to support this project, which has been paid for by Tesco Bags of Help, an Investing in Devon Grant (Devon County Council), and Uffculme Library Friends. While the whole library is getting an updated look, we’ve put the emphasis on the children’s section. We really want to encourage more Uffculme children in to the library to read and discover, as we are mindful that many may have missed out or be struggling to catch up after the Covid lockdown schools closures. We know how hard local parents and carers worked to keep up their education, and want to show them that libraries are there to help.”

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are pleased to have been able to help provide this refurbishment. Libraries like this are needed more than ever. Over the last seven months these community hubs have provided a lifeline to those who have no other way of accessing online services.

“And once the pandemic is over they will be instrumental in helping people reconnect with one another. Libraries also give children the chance to experience new ideas and get lost in amazing stories, and the makeover of the children’s area at Uffculme will help them do just that.”

Jenny Bell, Senior Supervisor in charge of Uffculme Library said: “The refit has also been made possible with the help of Devon County Councillor for Willand and Uffculme Ray Radford, Uffculme Primary School, painter and decorator George Little, and removals company King and Kearey. We are grateful for their work and support, and it’s been so good the local community backed us with this project. We are closing for the shortest time that we can, and we hope it’s worth it when people see the library again.”

During the three week closure, customers are being encouraged to use the libraries at Cullompton or Tiverton for our Choose & Collect service.  For the Choose & Collect service you will need to email or telephone Cullompton or Tiverton libraries to pre-arrange.

Due to the national lockdown, existing loans due back between 5th November and 2nd December have been extended to week commencing 11th January 2021.  Customers can renew and reserve books and browse the catalogue at www.devonlibraries.org.uk.

Uffculme Library is managed by Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon and Torbay Libraries.

 

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