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Pub aims to open community library for its customers

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: April 05, 2013

Paula Smith, of Age UK Bath and North East Somerset

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A pub at Chew Stoke could soon be offering library books along with pints.

The pub already runs a book exchange scheme and there are plans to extend this into a community library.

Local residents are being invited to a community library open event, hosted by Bath and North East Somerset Council and partners, at The Stoke Inn on Wednesday from 10am until 2pm.

The event will give residents a chance to indicate their preferences about future projects and sessions taking place at the pub.

The pub project aims to spawn other events alongside the exchange scheme expansion.

The library will support work that the council and the Stoke Inn are planning with City of Bath College and Age UK.

Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield), cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "Bath and North East Somerset Council is working with partners to develop community libraries in local venues where there is space both to provide book stock and to offer activities that will enhance and support a community library. Together we plan to run themed social events for the over 50s, such as story writing, sharing memories, local and family history and computer surgeries.

"It is hoped that this will become an ongoing locally facilitated event for the area through the development of a Friends Group or voluntary group of library supporters."

It is proposed that sessions take place either fortnightly or monthly on Wednesday mornings. The timing of sessions will be worked out once the interest shown by local residents has been established.

Paula Smith, of Age UK Bath and North East Somerset, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council's library service to provide a social hub for local older people. We are hoping that local older people will come to us and tell us what they would like to see take place there.

"Please do get in touch if you would like to suggest activities, find out more or to volunteer to help out."

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