‘Positive’ feedback for staff after massive overhaul of village library
PUBLISHED: 06:32 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:03 19 September 2017
The redevelopment of Yatton Library has been hailed as a success by staff and users.
North Somerset Council spent thousands to refurbish the High Street facility and moving the children’s centre into the building, from its old school site.
One of the biggest changes users will notice is the library section has had a new, lower, ceiling installed to create a room upstairs and the areas for adults’ and children’s books have been reconfigured.
A door separates it with the new children’s centre, which features a play room and area outside for the children to enjoy some fresh air.
Jenny Kingston, the children centre manager, said: “The children have really enjoyed it.
“Even though it is a new space they soon recognised the toys and went straight it.
“There’s been a lot of positive comments (about the overall revamp).”
Upstairs, there are two rooms available for outside groups and organisation to hire, while there is also a relaxed community space suitable for private study or for activities, such as the regular Lego club.
A lift has also been installed to improve disabled access.
The library opened in its new configuration at the end of August and staff have settled in now and begun to find their feet, according to lead librarian Elaine Mellor.
She said having the children’s centre and library in one building encourages preschool youngsters to read from an early age, while its proximity to the school means families can easily pop by.
The children’s centre is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the library is open every day except on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
A swipe-card entry system is planned for the library to allow users to access the facilities outside of normal hours, but at this stage North Somerset Council has not yet finalised the scheme.
The initiative would be the first of its kind in North Somerset, however it has been introduced successfully by other West of England councils.
North Somerset councillor Judith Hadley said it is a much-better all-round facility for the community and said the changes were ‘lovely’.
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