Concerns over Sheffield library plans to be raised

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A public meeting is due to take place tonight on the proposed future business model for a Sheffield library.

A public meeting will take place tonight on the proposed future business model for Walkley Library.

The facility was one of those taken over by the community after Sheffield Council decided to relinquish control of 15 libraries to save £600,000 a year.

It is expected that the library will share space with a cafe bar run by the Forum group.

Representatives from the council and Forum are set to attend the meeting in the library at 7pm.

Mum Tracey Spooner, who lives close to the library, said she would be raising concerns about the impact that having a bar there would cause on neighbours.

She said: “The good thing about the road, which has busy buses going along it, is that it gets quiet at about 11pm.

“I don’t want my children going in to the library when there is alcohol being served - we already have three pubs nearby.”

Meanwhile at Ecclesfield Library, which has also been taken over by volunteers, a series of activities are being held to help make it into a community hub.

This Saturday February 14, young readers who find paper hearts hidden around the library will receive a chocolate prize.

A Valentine’s Day quiz will also take place from 10.30am and noon.