Elmswell Library reopens following £15,000 refurbishment

Elmswell Library has reopened after a �15,000 revamp
Elmswell Library has reopened after a �15,000 revamp
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Elmswell Library is open to the public again following a £15,000 revamp.

The money, raised by Elmswell Library Friends over a three year period, has been spent transforming the building into a modern, flexible space with moveable shelving.

Staff and the Friends group inside Elmswell Library ANL-151022-123556001

Staff and the Friends group inside Elmswell Library ANL-151022-123556001

Students from West Suffolk College’s City and Guilds painting and decorating course gave their time for free for the project.

Decorating lecturer Mark Ames said: “Working on the refurbishment of Elmswell Library has been fantastic opportunity for our decorating students.

“It has not only enabled them to get a taste of a real working environment, from the initial planning aspects of the job right through to the development of the skills required to do the actual tasks, but it has also provided a great opportunity to provide a service to the local community.

“All of our students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours real work experience for their qualification.

Staff and the Friends group inside the revamped library ANL-151022-123606001

Staff and the Friends group inside the revamped library ANL-151022-123606001

“Decorating Elmswell Library has been great, as it has helped our students progress with their qualification, not only in aspects of their decorating skill levels but also with their communication skills and confidence with talking to a potential client or members of the public.”

Library Manager Emma Yarrow said: “What is great about this project is that not only are the students helping us to give the community an updated facility, but we are hopefully giving them some valuable experience and helping them pass their diplomas with flying colours.”