There was an optimistic feel to the National Libraries Day celebration at Cobbett Road Library on Saturday (Feb 6), following news that organisations are interested in running it when council funding stops.
There was an optimistic feel to the National Libraries Day celebration at Cobbett Road Library on Saturday (Feb 6), following recent news that Social Care in Action and theatre group Unexpected Places have expressed an interest in running the branch – if they can raise enough cash – when Southampton City Council stops funding it in April.
Displays charted the library's history from its opening in 1939 to the present day – and beyond, through another display which examined the future for libraries, and their role in a changing world.
Visitors were invited to say what they'd like to see happening at Cobbett Road Library in the future by filling out a Post-it note, while activities for children included story time and balloon model making.
Rachel Hickman, secretary of Friends of Cobbett Road Library, which organised the event, said the group was pleased with the response from the community.
“There was a lot of positive talk about possibilities for the future, and it was good to see cross-party support for finding a realistic way forward to create a sustainable library and community hub,” she said.
"Here's to many more National Library Day celebrations at Cobbett Road in future years!"