Boom time for Pendle's libraries

Staff who signed up new library members were entered in a prize draw. Winners Jean Pickup (left) from Colne Library and Kirsty Hornsby from Nelson, and Colne resident Robert Style

Staff who signed up new library members were entered in a prize draw. Winners Jean Pickup (left) from Colne Library and Kirsty Hornsby from Nelson, and Colne resident Robert Style

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

LIBRARY visits in Nelson and Colne have rocketed since Lancashire County Council launched a high-profile campaign to bring people back in.

More than 40,000 people visited Nelson Library in September and October, more than at any other library of its size in Lancashire.

And Colne Library saw a year-on-year increase in new members of more than five per cent.

The campaign ran in September and October and featured Lancashire library users on eye-catching billboards, posters, phone boxes, and buses, as well as on the council’s social media channels on Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

County Coun Mike Calvert, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “We know that libraries are important to people’s quality of life and are at the heart of local communities, which is why we are investing around £6.5million in refurbishing our network of 74 libraries across the county.

“I’m delighted that the campaign has been as successful in Colne and Nelson as in other parts of the county.

“It just shows that people do respond when we let them know about the brilliant range of services available in our libraries.”

Both libraries ran a host of events to welcome in their local communities and hosted visits from local schools to give pupils a chance to find out what’s on offer and to sign up as new members.

The campaign came as the council is midway through its £6.5million regenerate programme which is refurbishing its 74-strong network of library branches.

The programme is aimed at ensuring that those libraries will not only remain open but will provide modern, flexible facilities fit for the 21st century.

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3:05pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Lucy Porter 101 says...

Labour said the Conservatives would close down all the Libraries!
Labour said the Conservatives would close down all the Libraries! Lucy Porter 101
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9:54am Fri 21 Dec 12

RedLancashire says...

Lucy Porter 101 wrote:
Labour said the Conservatives would close down all the Libraries!
Well if the reporter had bothered to get a Labour quote or generally write a balanced article, the article might tell you that Lancashire's library cuts have actually been very harsh.

They have avoided closures and this scheme is a successful one - BUT our libraries could be going from strength to strength rather than cutting staff numbers, opening hours, etc. (none of which mentioned above).

PS - I don't think any Labour person said they'd close ALL the libraries now did they? No need for lies.
[quote][p][bold]Lucy Porter 101[/bold] wrote: Labour said the Conservatives would close down all the Libraries![/p][/quote]Well if the reporter had bothered to get a Labour quote or generally write a balanced article, the article might tell you that Lancashire's library cuts have actually been very harsh. They have avoided closures and this scheme is a successful one - BUT our libraries could be going from strength to strength rather than cutting staff numbers, opening hours, etc. (none of which mentioned above). PS - I don't think any Labour person said they'd close ALL the libraries now did they? No need for lies. RedLancashire
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8:07pm Fri 21 Dec 12

rilistic says...

I thought I read somewhere that they had actually extended opening hours in all the Libraries and they have invested £millions in continuing the refurbishment programme started by Labour. And as a result, the Libraries are going from strength to strength. Come on RL it must not be pleasant for you to see the Torys doing so well at County Hall but fair's fair.
I thought I read somewhere that they had actually extended opening hours in all the Libraries and they have invested £millions in continuing the refurbishment programme started by Labour. And as a result, the Libraries are going from strength to strength. Come on RL it must not be pleasant for you to see the Torys doing so well at County Hall but fair's fair. rilistic
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