Leicestershire Lotto Library
A Leicestershire ‘Lotto’ library has been opened thanks to a Big Lottery Fund award of £781,402. The Newbold Verdon Library near Leicester is the first of 58 newly renovated Lotto libraries that we can expect to see opening across the country, and a total of £80 million of National Lottery cash will be invested in the project.
The Newbold Verdon Library is more than just a building with lots of books. The building itself has been completely rebuilt and has a computer suite and advice facilities. It will also have a reading garden from summer 2010. All thanks to money raised for Good Causes.
“The opening of the first BIG funded library couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Sanjay Dighe of the Big Lottery Fund England Committee. “These new and improved libraries are equipped to offer a range of services beyond their traditional role, including education, training, and employment and financial advice, all vital to local communities, particularly at this time of financial uncertainty.
“Libraries sit at the heart of our communities so are ideally placed to host a range of important local services. The Newbold Verdon building is a shining example for the other libraries to follow.”
Ernie White, Cabinet member for Community Services in Leicestershire, said: “I’m delighted that, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, we can open this state-of-the-art library and community venue for Newbold Verdon and its surrounding villages.”
The Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) said: “I’m delighted to see that the partnership between the MLA and the Big Lottery Fund has led to the successful opening of Newbold Verdon library. Leicestershire library service has really engaged with the consumer and the community to offer, alongside book borrowing and other resources, a new library with even greater opportunities for learning, training and advice. We would like to see these approaches copied by more library services around the country and we look forward to many more BIG funded community libraries like this opening in the near future.”Tuesday 7th April 2009
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