Revamp will transform library into ‘pride of Elmswell’ following £15,000 fund-raising campaign

Two cheques being presented from East of England Co-op and The Elmswheelians last year. Pictured are Jimmy Jewell (Chairman of Friends of Elmswell Library), Trevor Sadler (The Elmswheelians), Christian Bone (Head of membership - Co-op), Library Manager Emma Yarrow and Phil Hartwell (Director of East of England Co-op)
Two cheques being presented from East of England Co-op and The Elmswheelians last year. Pictured are Jimmy Jewell (Chairman of Friends of Elmswell Library), Trevor Sadler (The Elmswheelians), Christian Bone (Head of membership - Co-op), Library Manager Emma Yarrow and Phil Hartwell (Director of East of England Co-op)
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A library is preparing for a major revamp to help transform it into a ‘community hub’ thanks to a successful fund-raising campaign.

Elmswell Library will close for two weeks from Monday, October 5 for the work which involves new shelving, a new welcome desk and new sections for children and young people.

It follows a fund-raising drive by the Elsmwell Library Friends (ELF), which has brought in £15,000 so far through donations and initiatives involving customers, residents and businesses.

Emma Yarrow, Elmswell Library manager, said: “The changes should give the library a more modern feel, so it’s smarter and more welcoming, providing a more flexible space for us and any groups that want to use our library.

“It should be a better space for our Baby Bounce and Tot Rock groups for young children. We are also aiming to be ‘dementia friendly’, with plain carpets so as not to confuse or distress those who are living with the condition and our signage will be clear and easy to understand.

“Our staff have all also attended a Dementia Information Session so they are more understanding and patient with those with symptoms.

“We want to turn our little library into a community hub, somewhere everyone is welcome, information is easily accessible, customers feel supported and where we can inspire learning and literacy in a comfortable environment with more up-to-date resources.”

Jimmy Jewell, chairman of the ELF, added: “The ELF are delighted to have raised such a large sum of money in such a short space of time. Grateful thanks are extended to all those who kindly donated towards the appeal and to all those who have helped in making the various fund raising events such a success. The refurbished library will be the pride of Elmswell.”

By the end of the year the ELF also hopes to purchase a coffee machine.