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Friends of Milborne Port Library gears up for change

hullabaloo blueThere has been a lot going on behind the scenes in the last few weeks as work continues to set up a Community Library Partnership (CLP) to manage our future Library services. The Friends will be meeting with the Parish Council and SCC for the next round of planning meetings at the end of this month.

The Library in its present situation in Cross Cottage, had been due to close on March 30th but, there is still much work to be done. Rick Jones, our Chair, is still working with the Charity Commissioners to have our new Constitution registered as a Charity, for instance. The Partnership with SCC must also be set up. To allow the work to continue, SCC have agreed to extend our period at Cross Cottage until 29th June this year.

This is very good news. There will, however, be a change to opening hours during this extra three months and from 1st April the hours will be:

Monday               Closed
Tuesday               1.30pm – 4.30pm.
Wednesday         Closed
Thursday               Closed
Friday                     9.30am – 1.30pm.
Saturday               9.30am – 12.30pm.

Under the new timetable, Story and Rhyme Time will move to Friday morning at 10.30 – 11am. Look out too for some Saturday morning activities for the children in those coming months.

Of course, Milborne Port is just one of the 15 Somerset communities working their way through the process of forming a Library Partnership. Each community is making plans to suit their own situation – the buildings that may be available, the funding that can be raised, the way in which their library will be functioning in the future.  

The long term plan for us is to move into the Community Hub that will be part of the approved Redcliffe Homes development on Station Road and Wheathill Way. While we wait for that to be ready, SCC will probably park one of the mobile libraries in the village, where we hope that the hours will be the same, or very similar to those we are used to.

We are having fun trying to come up with a better name than ‘Static Mobile Library’ which is somewhat contradictory. Last month we invited you to let us have your ideas. One very amusing suggestion is: ‘The Omnibus Edition’. ‘Bookworm Bus’ led on to ‘Book Bus’, which sounds neat and punchy but there is Book Bus Foundation charity taking books into deprived areas, so that will not do. ‘Blunderbus’ is also punchy, though we don’t want to make any blunders over the future of our library.

We’re still looking for just the right name so keep those little grey cells working and send your ideas to Jill Spring at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a remarkable time with so many important changes in the pipeline across the County, and we look forward to playing our part as plans for Milborne Port Library evolve.

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