Library customers are being asked to have their say on the future of the county’s library service – and F.O.LK. hope that customers who use and value Lakenheath Library will help show how much they value our village library.
At the end of 2016, Suffolk Libraries’ Board voted unanimously to trigger a five-year extension to its contract which will run from August 2017 to 2022.
The library service budget has been reduced by a further £200,000 for 2017/18 and year-on-year reductions means the library service budget is now 33% less than in 2010.
Suffolk Libraries is now looking ahead to the next five years and is starting a review to define how it can run a modern and affordable library service which meets the needs of the people of Suffolk. A new customer survey is being launched, asking people what they feel is important about the county’s library service, and there is also a new membership scheme giving people a new opportunity to support Suffolk Libraries.
Suffolk Libraries are running their customer survey until 8 May 2017. Complete the survey online or complete a paper copy, available from Lakenheath and all libraries.
With thanks to James Powell of Suffolk Libraries, who published the original version of this article HERE.
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Date: 7th of March 2017
Time: 6.30 pm
Location: Lakenheath Library
Present: Mary Dimond, Chris Howard, Marilyn Shone, Iain Frost, Jean Reynolds
(1) Apologies for Absence
(2) Minutes of from the previous Meeting
Agreed and signed.
(3) Library Inspection
Went well and no issues were raised. A reminder was given regarding the coming May elections and any interaction with Councillors. A recent
e-mail from Daniel Harvey included a copy of the information sheet amongst other information.
Expenditure: £24.15 for iPad cases / £79.95 for the water heater.
Income: £167.83 (not previously included in minutes) and £86.00.
Bank balance currently £3,583.53
(5) Library Budget Reduction
The budget reductions were agreed – £200,000. The server cabinet has now been removed. With grateful thanks to Jack Norman and Steph Andrews for undertaking this onerous task.
(6) Library Refurbishment
Demco Interiors have been approached for design and costings. A representative came to the library on 2 March and the proposals should be with us sometime next week.
(7) Harry Potter Party
Discussed and the next meeting will be devoted to finalising the details.
(8) Book Sale
A two-day sale (Friday/Saturday 30 March/1 April). Post-meeting it was decided not to arrange for the gazebo. Promotion of the event to be on the blog and Facebook, as well as posters.
(9) Dates(s) of Next Meeting(s)
21 March 2017 at 6.30 pm (amended from 14th)