Village library has makeover

From left: Diane Baxter, district manager Lancaster; County Councillor David Smith, lead member for community services; Jill Mason, branch manager; County Councillor Sarah Fishwick and local volunteers.
From left: Diane Baxter, district manager Lancaster; County Councillor David Smith, lead member for community services; Jill Mason, branch manager; County Councillor Sarah Fishwick and local volunteers.

Improved community facilities and up-to-date technology were on show at an event to mark the official reopening of Silverdale Library.

County Councillor David Smith, lead member for community services, cut the red ribbon at the revamped library on Emesgate Lane during a special celebration last week.

The £128,000 makeover includes:

* Full refurbishment of the inside of the building.

* A new main entrance with automatic doors, which has been moved to the side of the building to improve access.

* An extra public-access computer.

* A large plasma screen.

* Improved lighting and heating.

* Wi-Fi to enable customers can use their own laptops.

* An outdoor area with decking so customers can read outside and hold story time events.

These refurbishments are part of Lancashire County Council’s Regenerate scheme, a £5.5m programme which has seen a complete renovation of 15 libraries with more to come.

County Councillor David Smith, lead member for community services, said: “The outdated fixtures and fittings have been removed and replaced to create a modern, welcoming library. The way we use libraries has changed and the new-look Silverdale Library is an even better place to read, use the internet, or attend community events.”