Grant support for rural hub for booklovers

Some of the library volunteers and Rutger, raising a glass in celebration of the installation of the new shelves

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Until recently, the rural communities in the Ross of Mull had no easy access to a library, especiallysince the mobile libraries were withdrawn from service several years ago.

In 2018 a local group approached LiveArgyll to set up a library hub in a room in Creich Community Hall, near Fionnphort.

The library quickly became a meeting place for more than 60 local booklovers of all ages, but the layout in a restricted space made comfortable browsing difficult.

Thanks to grants from The Waterfall Fund, MESS and individual donations, the Creich Community Library now has some beautiful new bespoke shelving, transforming the room into a library space that is practical and inviting. The new shelving was designed and made by Rutger Emmelkamp of Knockvologan Studies using locally-sourced Douglas fir.

New wall-mounted units were carefully conceived to make the best use of a space, which, typical of rural community halls, has multiple usage. A versatile mobile folding unit to house children’s books can be wheeled into the main hall for special events such as the monthly Book Bug sessions for young readers.

The community library is run entirely by a small team of volunteers and carries a wide range of books to meet all tastes, provided by LiveArgyll, with new stock every four months. The library is open every Wednesday from 4-6pm, offering tea, coffee and cake for browsers.

Pat McCann, business operations manager at LiveArgyll said: ‘It is great to hear that Creich Community Hub is doing so well. We are grateful to the number of volunteers who give their time to deliver a library service from the various hubs across Argyll, thus ensuring that those in isolated locations can get access to library books.’