THREE parish councils have teamed up to help keep on a professional staff member at Wychwood Library.
Councillors in Milton-under-Wychwood, Shipton-under-Wychwood and Ascott-under-Wychwood have agreed to pay more than £7,000 between them.
This will cover a third of library manager Ruth Gillingham’s wages, allowing the Milton-under-Wychwood library to operate 21 hours a week with a professional librarian.
Remaining costs will be covered by Oxfordshire County Council’s library service but one part-time librarian will be made redundant.
It comes as the county council will halve staff funding from 21 of its 43 libraries from April next year.
Milton-under-Wychwood Parish Council will pay £4,440 towards Ms Gillingham’s wages, Shipton-under-Wychwood will pay £2,150 and Ascott-under-Wychwood will pay £573, reflecting how much residents from each village used the facility.
Volunteers working nine hours per week will help Ms Gillingham, library manager for seven years.
Shipton-under-Wychwood Parish Council vice-chairman Brian Young said the funding would prevent her from being made redundant.
He said: “We felt quite strongly that the library is a central part of these villages.
“It’s not just about the books as there’s also reading and support groups, as well as computer and literacy lessons.
“It’s much more than just a library and we didn’t wish to lose part of the service.”
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
6:00am Thursday 29th January 2015
COUNCIL tax should be raised by an average of more than £60 a year to stop cuts to disability services, the Green Party has said.
9:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE amount of compensation claimed by Oxfordshire drivers for pothole damage more than doubled in two years.
10:21pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE A40 is partially blocked at Wolvercote by up to 60 loose sheep.
8:43pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral will be marked across Oxfordshire tomorrow.
8:39pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
A GIRL has claimed she had sex with a young man accused of grooming and exploiting teenagers in Banbury when she was 14 years old.
8:33pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
SNAKE fossils found in Oxfordshire have forced scientists to re-write their evolutionary story.