“Open House at Ryhall Library” is a new amenity which is to be offered to local residents in Ryhall’s village library.
Starting on Tuesday, 30th June, the Library building will be open from 2.00-4.30 pm every Tuesday and Friday afternoon under the supervision of a group of volunteer residents. Light refreshments, including hot and cold drinks, will be offered for sale at affordable prices, and it is hoped that residents will make good use of this opportunity to have a drink and a chat or a quiet read in the comfortable and pleasant environment which the Library offers.
In addition, basic library services will be available at these times, so that any library member may borrow or return a book, and all residents can use the computers (shortly to be upgraded and already served with high speed fibre connectivity) and the photocopier, as well as purchase greetings cards at very reasonable prices.
This means that basic library services will now be available every weekday afternoon except Wednesdays. Rutland County Council will still operate the normal Library service on Mondays, Thursdays (with later closing time) and Saturday mornings. In the course of time, it is hoped to offer additional services and/or activities in the Open House sessions, eg basic instruction on the use of tablets and smart phones, computer classes, internet workshops, etc.
The extra opening times will create greater opportunity for the children of nearby Ryhall C of E Primary School to use the facilities, and Head Teacher Katy Kato has already been in talks with the project team to arrange regular visits by classes to research school learning themes and extend individual reading programmes.
A Village Questionnaire last summer revealed enormous goodwill towards Ryhall Library and a strong desire to retain this important amenity for the future use of the community. This new initiative has been designed to increase the use of the library building, so that its future can be safeguarded through a clear demonstration of its value to and use by village residents.
Adrian Gombault (Project Leader) on behalf of
Ryhall & Belmsthorpe Parish Council
Photo: Project leader Adrian Gombault and village volunteers celebrate the launch of “Open House at Ryhall Library” with children from Ryhall C of E Primary School.