Hat-Trick for Kibworth Community Library
The year 2018 marks three momentous events at Kibworth Community Library; our second anniversary as a Community Library, the Golden Anniversary of the Library building and our becoming a Registered Charity.
At risk of closure in 2015, a dedicated group listened to the people of Kibworth who said quite clearly that they wanted the Library to remain open and be part of the community.
Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council stepped in and provided invaluable financial guarantees to get the library onto its feet in the early stages, along with governance in the first important months. A management group was recruited and thirty enthusiastic volunteers were found to staff the Library. On 23 May 2016 the doors were opened.
The Library continued as it had always been run, lending books and providing computer access for those who needed it. But it had been seen that there were other areas where the Library could benefit the village. A children’s storytime group was established for children under 5 and their mums, the local knitters needed a place where they could knit and chat and teach newcomers their arts, and those interested in researching their family history joined the Ancestry Group.
Activities in the Library have gone from strength to strength since those early days; the French Conversation group is very popular, as are the frequent author events, book sales and hire of the Library for meetings, which help with the funding to keep us open.
2018 also celebrates the Golden Anniversary of the current Library building. The first libraries in Kibworth belonged to wealthy families in the big houses. Kibworth Village Hall was built in 1866, and provided space for a library and reading room, but it was not until the 1920s that the County Council began opening libraries in rural areas.
The first Council-run library in Kibworth was in the Church of England School in Station Street, now the Old School Surgery. The present Library, with just over 5,000 books, opened on Wednesday 26 June 1968 and cost £6,633. It was built in the playground of the former Infants School.
Finally, in March this year Kibworth Community Library becoming a Registered Charity (Charity number 1177722) gives recognition for all of the work that has been done for the people of Kibworth, and will help with the important funding we need to keep the Library open.
Please join us at the Library on Saturday 9 June 10am-3pm to celebrate all of these fantastic achievements at our Golden Anniversary Fête.