Villagers are being invited to get involved in two brainstorming workshops on how to make the most of Writtle Library.
The ‘Writtle Do’ aims to find new uses for the library after the Post Office moved to the nearby Co-op, leaving lots of under-utilised space.
Cllr Anne Brown, the Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said: “The ‘Writtle Do’ is all about helping new ideas flourish in the village.
The sessions will be focused on supporting residents to develop their own ideas for events and activities which they can run.
“Essex County Council is fully committed to this valued community resource, so we are very keen to get the public’s help to make the most of the library’s underused space.
“This is an opportunity to make new and exciting things happen, so come along and share your ideas and we can work together to turn them into a reality.”
The library will host two workshops on February 27 and March 13, both from 6pm until 9pm.
Essex County Council has run similar sessions in other libraries across the county, where residents dreamed up a host of ideas, including @BillericayCine, the award-winning community cinema in Billericay library; seated exercise classes in Pitsea and community arts projects in Harwich.
If you have an idea that requires space to happen, you can register in advance at attending.io/events/writtle-do
and follow the process on Facebook or Twitter @writtledo.
If you cannot attend either of the workshops, people are encouraged to share their ideas by popping into the library or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. All manner of ideas are welcome but the focus of the workshops will be on ‘doing’ not ‘talking’.
Writtle library is also looking for volunteers to help out at the library for a few hours a week.
Volunteers will spend their time supporting library staff by welcoming and supporting customers, dealing with stock and opening and closing the building.
Essex Libraries has an established volunteer induction and training package and volunteers are given the chance to work alongside library staff, ensuring there is ongoing support from staff. For more information or to apply, email email@example.com