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Library Faces Financial Challenge To Stay Open

Puddletown Library opening

1:43pm 14th January 2013
(Updated 1:50pm 14th January 2013)

Dorset's first library to be run by volunteers faces a steep challenge over the coming months - paying the bills to stay open.

The Puddletown book lender was officially handed over to the Friends Group from the County Council last Monday (7th January).

Despite some funds to keep books on the shelves and IT services running, the volunteers are responsible for paying rent, bills, insurance for volunteers and maintenance.

The Friends Group says they've saved enough cash to stay open for a couple of years, but they're going to need over £3,000 to keep the library running in the future, plus new volunteers.

Group Chairman Mike Chaney told Wessex FM they've done countless fundraisers, raffles and door to door appeals to try and raise funds; "We'll soon start spending money and our volunteers are getting older. So we're going to need more of both over the coming years."

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