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More than 400 people become members of new library facility

More than 400 people become members of new library facility

by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

MORE than 400 people have already signed up to join the library at the new Birkdale Community Hub and Library after it opened at the former Station Master’s Hub.

After renovating the disused building in 2019, the charity finally opened the facility earlier this year.

There are 50 volunteers to staff the hub, which has more than 3,000 books, three meetings rooms all with internet connected TVs and ethernet ports,

Mandy Margham, one of the volunteers said: “It is a rare thing to set up a community hub and library completely from scratch, with no premises, books, systems or staff, but that is what has happened in Birkdale Village.

“Following the closure of Birkdale Public Library in 2013 a group of volunteers has kept the flame alive and now has achieved their dream: the Station Master’s House, next to Birkdale Station, has a fully-stocked library, two meeting rooms and computer suite just waiting to be used!

“At present the hub is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays all day and Saturday mornings.

“However, within a few weeks the hub hopes to be open from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. Joining the library is free and in the first few weeks  400 people have signed up! There is a good selection of books for adults young and old, and for older children and those at nursery stage.

“The computers can be booked by library members, at no charge, for hourly sessions during opening hours, and plans are afoot to offer support to those who wish to improve their computing skills. The hub also has full disabled access throughout.”

To find out more about the Station Master’s House and what it has to offer, an Open Morning will be held on Saturday (September 18) from 10am to 1pm.

There will be a chance to sign up to join the library and borrow books straight away, sample some home-made cakes and bargain hunt at the second-hand book and bric-a-brac stall.

For more detailed information about the facilities, rental charges and availability of rooms, contact the managers, Tim and Ian, at: manager@thestationmastershouse.co.uk or pop in to see them.

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