“OUR library is the epicentre of our village”.
That was the claim of Shepley residents as they mounted a vociferous protest outside their community library.
Following Kirklees Council’s plan to consider withdrawing staffing from libraries across Kirklees, members of Shepley community gathered to show their opposition yesterday.
The library’s book club, families and the library’s oldest subscriber braved the cold to show how much they value the staff at Shepley Library and Information Centre (LIC).
Book club member Chris Marks said: “While we in Shepley have a strong tradition of volunteering we utterly refuse to be party to making paid staff redundant.
“It’s only because of the paid professional staff that we can have a consistent and professional service that meets the needs of the community.
“Shepley Library was upgraded to a library and information centre in 2006 in order to deliver council services locally.
“We will lose much needed services such as paying council bills, benefits advice, requesting blue badges, getting home-care advice, computer assistance and support with homework for our children.
“Will volunteers have the knowledge to answer the 10,000 enquiries per year?
“Our LIC is also the heart and soul of the village, for many it provides companionship, a place to meet our MP and talk to our community police officer.
“We do not accept that this proposed withdrawal from Shepley has been given a proper consideration.