VOLUNTEERS who run Addingham Community Library have been presented with an award by the village's Civic Society in recognition of their commitment and dedication in running the service for the village.

This year's Addingham Civic Society Civic Pride Award was made to the library team earlier this month.

The community library was established by residents five years ago, when Addingham Library, along with several other small libraries in Bradford district, became a victim of Bradford Council cuts.

It went on to become a success story and an inspiration to other communities now looking to take over their own libraries, amid continuing cutbacks by the local authority.

Addingham Civic Society chairman, Jim Robinson, praised the group for its work.

He said: "The decision to give this year's award to the library team was not a difficult one.

"They have had a remarkable five years and are a model for other communities who, unfortunately, find themselves in a similar position.

"I am sure there will be further challenges ahead for the team and I wish them all the best. On behalf of the village, who also deserve a big pat on the back for support, a big thank-you."

Addingham Community Library is managed by a board of trustees and committee and has more than 30 volunteers operating the the facility on a rota basis.

It remains based in the Old School in Main Street, a building owned by Addingham Parish Council.

Bradford Libraries continue to supply books, the computer system, practical advice and help.

Most of the original group of hard-working volunteers, who founded the community library, are still involved – a testimony to their commitment and dedication. They have had to adapt and learn new skills as the service has developed.

The library is self-funding, holding quiz nights and regular coffee mornings, and also runs with the help of generous donations.

It has responded to local needs by providing basic computer training, helping with family history searches and enquiries, and storytime or craft sessions for children.

Trustee and co-ordinator, Carol Hindle, said: "The team was very proud to receive the award, which recognises the efforts of everyone involved.

"Our success story demonstrates that with a lot of hard work, something that seemed almost impossible at the outset can be done."

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