Books just flooding in!

Volunteers at Warton Community Library.

Volunteers at Warton Community Library.

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BOOK worms certainly have plenty of reading material at their fingertips after this mountain of text was presented to a newly-opened village library.

The old Warton Library had been closed for several years, and the building, on Lytham Road, remained empty.

But Coun Julie Brickles thought it was about time it re-opened as a community library, manned for just a few hours a week by a team of volunteers.

To make sure the shelves are fully stocked, books have been coming in thick and fast thanks to a weekly donation by staff at nearby BAE Systems.

Coun Brickles, Warton and Westby councillor, said: “The building became a community building 12 months ago, and, because the shelves were still up and everything was still there in the building, I went to the trustees of the Village Hall to see if we could open it as a community library.

“It started running three weeks ago.

“The donations from BAE have been overwhelming, we’re now fully stocked with some really beautiful books and we have even had to put some of the books into storage.”

The library has been stocked thanks to BAE staff and members of the public around Warton and Freckleton.

It will open for four hours on a Saturday and two hours on a Wednesday, run by a team of eight volunteers.

But Coun Brickles said there would always be room for more volunteers.

She added: “The success of the library is building up quickly.

“On Saturday there were nine visitors, which doesn’t sound like a lot but it is week three.

“We’re hopeful the more people get to know about it, the more people we’ll see through the door each week.”

A spokesman for BAE Systems said: “We are always keen to get involved in projects that help support the communities in which we operate, and as soon as we became aware of the community library we knew it was something we could help with; and our employees have responded in their droves.

“After putting out an appeal across the site, we have probably collected and donated around 1,000 books to the library.”

The library will be officially opened on Saturday March 9 at 10am by Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

To get involved call Coun Brickles on (01772) 433875.

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