There was strong support for Crewkerne Library, which is under threat of closure in Somerset County Council proposals, at the library’s Awareness Day. The event which was organised by the Friends of Crewkerne Library, attracted people of all ages and welcomed a couple unexpected visitors. The first free event of the day, with local author Caroline Newark and historian Caroline Mortimer, offered interesting information on Genealogy and Ancestry and was well attended by those looking to complete their family trees.

Children attending the next free activity with author Tamsin Cooke, of Cat Burglar fame, were able to play the role of their favourite characters from the book, before the space was cleared for a Baby Boogie session and sing-a-long for all. Town crier David Craner called into the library for a coffee and slice of cake, before resuming his monthly ‘yelling and belling’ in the town. The afternoon events included a workshop on Colouring for Mindfulness and a talk by retired vet and writer, broadcaster and cruise liner guest speaker Malcolm Welshman, whose popular books contain anecdotes from his experiences with animals. Children’s activities continued throughout the day with a children’s book titles quiz and Easter crafts.

Further support for Crewkerne Library was shown by Liberal Democrat activist and campaigner Mick Clark who said: “I enjoyed taking time out to support the Friends of Crewkerne Library with their campaign to keep their library open. Throughout Somerset, services provided in local libraries, such as Crewkerne and Ilminster, offer community lifelines to many local residents and families. The services provided at these community hubs are at risk from constant and unrelenting cuts to local authorities, made worse by irresponsible budgeting in Somerset County Council. It is essential that we support community groups and work with local residents and our local councillors, that are fighting to oppose these cuts, and find sustainable solutions to these ongoing challenges.”

The Friends of Crewkerne Library were pleased to see so many people, of all age groups, turn up for their library awareness day. A spokesperson said: “Thank you to all for coming to support us. All the author talks were brilliant and very well attended. It was a great day.” To have your say on the future of Crewkerne Library and check out the county council’s proposals, please visit Copies of the proposals and the questionnaire are also available from the library in Falkland Square.

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