Celebrations as Thornton Library is the latest to reopen

Monday, February 26, 2018

Lancashire County Council's flagship programme to reopen libraries which closed over a year ago marked another milestone today as Thornton Library became the eleventh to reopen.

The library on Victoria Road East, Thornton-Cleveleys was reopened this morning (Monday 26 February) by County Councillor John Shedwick, who represents the local area.

Following the closure of 26 of the county's 73 libraries by Lancashire County Council towards the end of 2016, a new administration was elected in May 2017, and has decided to re-open as many libraries as possible.

Plans have been agreed for the phased reopening of libraries, and Thornton Library is the latest to reopen following the reopening of Silverdale library, Parbold library, Burnley Campus Library, Bolton-le-Sands Library, and Fulwood Library in late 2017, and Freckleton Library, Oswaldtwistle Library, Barrowford Library, Whalley Library and Lostock Hall Library earlier this year.

Each library reopening has been marked with a different theme to highlight the breadth of services which libraries offer. Today's theme, 'start exploring reading at your local library', aims to encourage people to join the 50 Books Challenge and use the online book catalogue to seek out interesting titles.

County Councillor Shedwick said: "People in Thornton have really missed their library and I couldn't be more pleased to be able to reopen it.

"Having a library within easy reach allows everyone, whatever their circumstances, to be able to access information via the internet, browse and order from an enormous catalogue of books, and find out about local events and activities.

"It's also somewhere that people can meet, and all ages can interact and share interests, which builds a sense of community and is particularly valuable for people's health and wellbeing."

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "Local libraries are one of the most valued services provided by the county council and perform a vital function for both leisure and learning.

"Libraries provide these important services on our doorstep, and it's clear to see from the many people who have come along today how much people in Thornton value theirs.

"We're committed to reopening libraries and this marks another important step in our programme of reopening libraries across Lancashire."

Lancashire County Council's cabinet has so far made decisions to reopen 13 libraries, and agreed to transfer the ownership of a further seven libraries to local organisations which will operate them as independent community-run libraries. The county council is continuing work towards reopening libraries in all of the areas where libraries were closed.

Opening times for Thornton Library are:

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 1pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Sunday Closed

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