IN early December after a six week closure, Bilsthorpe Library reopened its doors with a grand opening ceremony and cake cutting.
It is one of six Inspire libraries that received investment from the Libraries Improvement Fund (LIF), which is part of the Cultural Investment Fund a programme of work funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) delivered by Arts Council England. Nottinghamshire County Council, partnering with Inspire was awarded £170,000 to create community hubs within these six libraries in Nottinghamshire, transforming the buildings into flexible welcoming spaces for communities to use and enjoy.
Eleanor Booth, Village Hubs Project Worker said: “We are excited to welcome the community back to Bilsthorpe Library after its fantastic refurbishment! The library has been much improved and feels brighter and more spacious. The staff are raring to go with new activities in the space”.
1st Bisthorpe Scout Group proudly attended the reopening of the much treasured village library after renovations. The group offered two fun activities to keep young minds entertained: badge making and a very fun treasure hunt.
In recent years, the village library has been an invaluable resource for the scout group and provided access for events and sleepovers such as the ‘Book Weekend’ where part of the fun was based around a relaxing visit to the library and children got to listen to a story and spend time finding their new favourite book.
The wonderful day was well attended and a great start to the new chapter of the invaluable community library story.