URGENT: St Just Library is temporarily closed for building work. The period of closure is intended to run from the 5th of June to the 15th July, but this is subject to change.
As you may have guessed the building works on the library have been taking longer than expected, and thus the library is still closed while the works are being completed. As soon as we know an opening date we'll share it with you.
In the mean time we've been busy with our short story competition. We were delighted to have over 200 entries across the different age categories, and we had a short prize giving ceremony at the start of the Lafrowda Ceilidh. Thanks to everyone who entered and to all the judges for their tricky job! The winning entries are being displayed in the Town Council's window, so they can be enjoyed by everyone.
On Wednesday evening there is another literary quiz for your enjoyment that is being run to raise money for both the Friends of St Just Library and the Lafrowda festival itself. Hope to see you there.
We're delighted to announce that we're launching a short story competition in association with Lafrowda, to link in with the 2019 Lafrowda Festival theme "Off the Page".
By short, we really mean short, with a word limit of 200 words, and there are four age categories running from under 7's to adult — so no excuses not to have a go!
The deadline is the 24th May 2019. For more information see our Story Competition information page.
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Of course, it's not just Cornwall that is experiencing dramatic changes to library provision. Up and down the country, communities are having to find new solutions for funding libraries, with many increasingly relying on volunteers.
An excellent website to learn more about the wider picture is Public Libraries News, which includes a list of over 400 volunteer libraries from the UK (with links), as well as copious other information. It's encouraging to read just how much other communities have managed to achieve, and how so many community-run libraries are thriving.