Well done Sandwell Council and Libraries for such an excellent library services! Unlike our neighbours and supposed betters “Big Brother Birmingham” Sandwell is INCREASING library participation and creating real Community Hubs at local libraries like Thimblemill Library, thanks to the dynamic leadership of Julie McKirdy who recently received the British Empire Medal for her Stirling work there……from concerts from Sally Barker and the Soul Providers to cinema and reading clubs and help for the unemployed and Syrian refugees……it’s all go at ThimblemillLibrary a real centre of the Bearwood community and the beating heart of Bearwood thanks to Julie and her army of willing volunteers…..initiatives like Smethwick in a stew led by Richard Marshall and his missus are other great examples of the ” added value” Sandwell Libraries give to their communities Well done Sandwell Libraries! PS I can’t wait until Lightwoods House in LightwoodsPark is up and running…..not long to wait now you Bearwood folk! Keith Bracey
An army of volunteers and a packed programme of activities have put Sandwell libraries among the best in the country according to recent figures. The borough came third out of 36 metropolitan authorities for the number of books borrowed and with more than 1.7 million people through the doors, it had the fourth highest number of visits.
Figures for 2015-16 released by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy also show Sandwell had the fifth highest use of computers and was the tenth highest for enquiries.
And it had the second highest number of volunteers after recording 16,820 volunteer hours during the year.
Councillor Richard Marshall, cabinet member for leisure, said: “These are excellent results thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, who despite facing a tough budget resulting from central government cuts, are providing an excellent service to our residents. Figures show that more than a million books…
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