Business as usual for volunteer-run library

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A birthday party is being held at a Sheffield library tomorrow – the first event since it was taken over by the community.

Coun Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Rippon is to join volunteers and supporters for the event, which marks the 30th anniversary of Ecclesfield library opening.

Rose Tanner, a trustee of the Friends of Ecclesfield Library, the volunteer organisation which took over the running of the library this week, said: “Ecclesfield has had a library for the last 30 years and we are keen to maintain this valuable resource for our local community.

“More than 60 local people have volunteered to man the library, which is enabling us to maintain the opening hours we had before we took over.

“We wanted to run an event that celebrates our library and sends a message to library users that it’s business as usual.”

The party begins at 6pm when Coun Rippon will cut a birthday cake, after which some children and adults will read passages from their favourite books, and celebratory refreshments will be served.

Rose said: “All friends, supporters and new volunteers are welcome to join in.”