Alford Library open longer due to group

Alford Mayor Paul Rawson with the library staff, volunteers and visitors.
Alford Mayor Paul Rawson with the library staff, volunteers and visitors.

The dedication and a love of reading has helped to extend the hours at an Alford library, thanks to a group of volunteers.

Mayor of Alford Coun Paul Rawson made a special appearance at an official opening ceremony last Thursday when he snipped the all important ribbon.

“It was a lovely event. It’s fabulous that the volunteers are able to keep it open; you can see they really enjoy what they do and they are willing to give their own time to volunteer,” said Mayor Rawson.

It was previously announced that hours were due to be cut after a lack of funding but Hazel Bogg and a group of book lovers decided to rally together to volunteer their time in order to save it.

Hazel said: “We had spoken about doing it with library staff and we thought it was a great way to keep it open for longer. We get a lot of enjoyment out of the library and it was a really pleasant day.”

The team of 14 arranged a course of basic training in order for them to be able to man the library for an extra half-day each week.

Other libraries in the area, including Sutton On Sea and Woodhall Spa are also enjoying extra hours thanks to groups of volunteers.

“We’ve heard other libraries are doing the same and it’s something very good for the community. I think it would make a great meeting space for groups,” added Hazel.