National Libraries Day

Saturday was National Libraries Day so I took time out from my campaign trail and popped in to have a chat with Chris our great librarian and see how things were going and to get a book out. I choose ‘How to get things done’ by Ann Jackman as at this time of campaigning for the election in May, my role as Cabinet member, my business, an increasing number of speaking engagements for the Health system talking about the role of Councillors in the new health landscape and my family life, I need all the tips on time management I can muster!

Chris is a member of FOLK – Friend of Lakenheath Library who have been instrumental in the change of the positioning of the library in our community of Lakenheath, have a click through to their blog and you can see the increased activity that is driving the change http://lakenheathlibraryfriends.wordpress.com/

Since the initial thoughts about the library services and the savings it had to make, the progress is great, not only in Lakenheath where usage has increased; across Suffolk not a single library has closed and the creation of a mutual enterprise to deliver the service has reinvigorated the thinking about libraries and their role in our communities.

I am so pleased to have played my part in this Renaissance, FOLK was born out of the meeting I organised at the time of our considering the future of libraries in the face of government cuts and the possibility of closure with a service being delivered from Mildenhall. From the hundred or so people who attended that meeting I called for people to come forward and join me in a steering committee to see what our response would and could be and FOLK was born. Since its creation it has organised a number of events and sort to make the library a hub for Children and Adults alike.

The next of these events is on Thursday 7th March from 5-7pm, when local crime author of the DC Goodhew detective series, Alison Bruce, will be holding an insightful talk on her writing inspirations, a question and answer session with fans and signing copies of her novels, including Cambridge Blue, The Siren, The Calling and The Silence. This is a free-to-attend event so please do come along.

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I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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