New Book Loan Stats Show Substantial Progress Of Old Town Library

By Jamie Hill - 28 April 2020

CommunityArts and Culture

New data has shown the staggering progress made by Old Town Library. Old Town Library's total loans has increased by a whopping 30% on the last financial year (2018/19).

On top of this, comparing August to March in 2017/18 (the first 8 months of the Parish Council taking on the library) to the same period in 2019/20 total loans increased by a staggering 125%.

South Swindon Parish Council are very proud of the achievements of the library since the Parish Council took on the management.

After taking on the management of the library in 2017, the Parish Council refurbished the library with a new section for young children with two murals designed by a children's book illustrator. Another section of the library remains for adult books.

There are lots of events taking place at Old Town Library. The most popular is the regular storytime, which is a ticketed event due to its popularity. Other events include a monthly quiz and weekly craft sessions.

Prior to the Coronavirus lockdown the library had up to 6 volunteers helping the librarians with library events.

Since the Coronavirus lockdown library staff have been creating and circulating online activities for kids. Visit the Old Town Library Facebook Page for more information.

The Chair of South Swindon Parish Council, Chris Watts, said: “After taking on the management of the library in 2017, the Parish Council refurbished the library with a new section for young children with two murals designed by a children's book illustrator. The Parish also funded increased opening hours of the library to make it more accessible for residents.

With the help of volunteers and the dedicated librarians there were lots of events taking place at Old Town Library. Unfortunately because of the Coronavirus the library had to close but staff are still working hard to produce online activities to help parents with homeschooling the kids.

A big thank you to all library members, volunteers and of course the wonderful staff who have transformed Old Town Library in to what it is today. Parish Councillors are very proud of the success of the library since we took on the library. It has become a hub of the Old Town community.”

Old Town Librarian, Deborah Lamb, said: “It was so lovely to hear this week that the loan figures for the library have continued year on year to rise so steeply. I'd like to say a big thank you to the team of staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to make the library a success and a massive thank you to all our wonderful friends in the Old Town community who have supported the library through borrowing and attending all our events and activities. We miss you all and are counting the days to welcoming you all back to the library!

In the meantime, while Old Town library and schools remain closed, we will keep circulating educational activities for the kids while they continue to be home-schooled during the Coronavirus lockdown. You can find our activities on the Old Town Library Facebook page.”

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