Burton Latimer Community Managed Library (BLCMT)
Staggered Opening Information
Select & Collect:
BLCMT started to offer a Select & Collect service on March 16th 2021. The service enables customers to request up to 5 books which are preselected by library staff. A mutually convenient time for customers to collect items is then arranged. Customers collect items from the main entrance to the library.
If you are interested in this service please contact the library by emailing Burtonlatimercml@gmail.com or phone 01604 368150.
Select & Collect order forms can also be collected and returned to the main entrance of the library.
From April 20th 2021 customers will be able to visit the library and select their own items. In line with government guidelines hours of opening will remain reduced between 10.00am – 16:00pm Tuesday to Friday. We anticipate Saturday opening (10.00am – 12.00pm) to start in weeks following April 20th 2021.
Browsing sessions will be pre-bookable 20-minute slots. No more than 4 customers will be allowed into the library at one time. Customers will need to wear a face covering unless exempt and respect social distancing advice. We kindly ask that customers help stop the spread of Covid-19 by either downloading the NHS Track and Trace App or giving details to support NHS Track and Trace as they enter the library. The library will operate a one-way system with plenty of sanitising stations throughout. Customers will need to enter through the main entrance and leave through the back door. The children's library will open and families will be able to book the area again for a 20-minute slot.
There are 11 sessions each day from 10:00am until 15:30pm all bookable by either phone or email. Customers who may wish to use the library without booking might need to wait for the next free slot (30 minutes plus) so booking is advisable.
Activities and Mixed Groups:
We hope after the government announcement in June to slowly welcome back mixed groups such as childminders and walkers. At this point we hope to also offer computer and printing services. An official opening of the library will take place after June's announcement.
All enquiries should be directed to Burtonlatimercml@gmail.com or phone 01604 368150.
Thank you for your support.
Select & Collect Service (PowerPoint Presentation, 1.8 Mb)
Select & Collect Service
Library Update15th January 2021Library Member Notice:Thank you for your continued support and patience.We hope this update finds all library members safe and well.We are pleased to offer a little insight into the work going on behind the scenes.NEW Disabled Facilities:NEW Desk Space: (To facilitate socially distanced working.)RecruitmentLibrary Assistant interviews will be taking place in the next two weeks. We hope to introduce our new members of staff shortly afterwards.Select & Collect ServiceWe anticipate the 'Select & Collect' service to reconvene at Burton Latimer in the next three weeks, and will at the point of launch offer details how you can utilise this service. Details can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council Library pages: www.librarycatalogue.northamptonshire.gov.uk/web/arena/click-and-collectFinesWe would like to reassure library members with books on loan that while Northamptonshire is in lockdown no fines will be incurred.FREE Online ResourcesTo help pass the time until lockdown eases and we are able to open, it may be helpful to know that library members have free access to e-books, e-audiobooks, e-newspapers and e-magazines and an excellent online reference section. These can be accessed by following this link and registering for virtual membership. https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/library-service/e-reads-and-audio/Pages/default.aspxShould you have any enquiries please email:Burtonlatimercml@gmail.comUpdates: www.burtonlatimertowncouncil.org.ukWe look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Library Update 21st December 2020
Burton Latimer Town Council are pleased to announced the new Library Manager has been appointed & we welcome Heidi Economou to our staffOriginally from Hertfordshire, Heidi moved to Northamptonshire to raise her son. She has held positions as Librarian at two local schools, The Latimer Arts College and Kettering Science Academy. Starting as a Saturday girl, Heidi brings over 25 years experience to her role as Library Manager. Heidi is extremely passionate about the contribution libraries provide to local communities and cannot wait to open the doors and welcome everyone back.The library is currently undergoing some improvements to the building including new signage and disabled toilet facilities. Heidi explained "New staff are in the process of being appointed, so we are hopeful we can begin to welcome customers back early in the New Year. Social distancing measures will be in place for everyone's safety but even with these in place customers will be able to browse and borrow books."Until the library reopens all enquiries can be directed to Burtonlatimercml@gmail.com
Burton Latimer Town Council
Library Update at 1st September 2020
BLTC is in the process of buying the Library from the County Council. This has been a protracted affair and we apologise if residents have thought the Library was permanently closed.
During the lockdown the BLTC have been recruiting staff and have made good progress on that front.
Also maintenance work is planned to make the building disabled compliant. This work will commence ASAP after the conclusion of the building purchase.
We will provide updates when we have news of progress.
For further information contact:
BLTC's proposals to save Burton Latimer Library
Burton Latimer Town Council has submitted its proposal to take over the running of our library and is now awaiting a response from Northamptonshire County Council.
Under Northamptonshire County Council's recently proposed chnges to countywide library services, it was clear that Burton Latimer would lose its library unless the Town Council – or some other community organisation – was prepared to step in.
Almost 100 people attended Burton Latimer Town Council's public meetings on 22nd and 29th January to discuss proposals to save our library – which were extremely well-received by those present. The main points of BLTC's plan (which was extremely well-received by those present) are:
- The Town Council would purchase the library building and associated land from the County Council on favourable terms.
- The library would be run as a 'Community Library', with certain facilities still provided by the County Council.
- The library would be staffed by professional librarians, with volunteer support.
- The library would be open for 33 hours per week – including two evenings, when it would be open till 7pm.
- The cost of this proposal would be met by a £9.33 increase in the precept and by using ring-fenced monies from the wind farm account.
Using the ring-fenced monies in this way would still leave about £30,000 available annually for grants across the town. And increasing the precept by just under 25p a week (for a Band D property) This equates to £9.33 increase less than originally budgeted for will ensure our professionally-run library service continues.
Progress is being made with the legal and financial processes involved in purchasing the Library. We are aiming to complete by the end of January 2020, but the exact date will be determined by the speed at which the legal work progresses. Recruitment for Library staff will begin soon.
The Council and Friends of the Library have worked with the Wellingborough Library manager and Community Managed Library Coordinators to reinstate the Rhymetime and Bounce and Rhyme sessions for the Under 5s which were recently withdrawn by NCC. These started again on Thursday 7th November. Initially they are being run by our librarian Michelle Brightwell, but two volunteers are being trained to continue them in the long term.
Volunteers are continuing to work hard to keep the Library open at lunchtimes and on Saturday mornings. We are delighted to have had some new recruits join us and are always happy to welcome new volunteers as we value all the help that they are giving. Please contact Linda Gregory on 07944 083170 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
The Friends of the Library are working with Sam Tallant, our new Social Prescription Link worker, to investigate ways that the Library can be developed as a hub for health and wellbeing in the community.
We will be having a Christmas themed Coffee Morning on Saturday 14th December 10.30 – 11.30am at which St Mary's Church Community Choir will be performing some Carols and Christmas songs. All are welcome.4 September ·
Firstly, we would like to reassure everyone that the Library is not closing.The business plan put forward by BLTC to NCC has been accepted and we are now going through legal channels to finalise the purchase of the Library, but this is likely to take some months.
In the meantime NCC still owns and runs the Library and we face staff shortages, causing some ad hoc closures. Volunteers from the Friends of the Library are staffing the Library at lunchtimes.
Due to staff shortages, NCC is closing the Library on alternate Saturdays. We are exploring the possibility of volunteers providing some cover to keep it open. Please watch for updates in the Library and on Facebook.
NCC has also withdrawn some of the services for under 5s. BLTC is planning to resume these once we have our own staff in place.
We would like to thank all customers for their patience and support in this difficult transition period and the Library staff for their hard work.
Bullet Points from BLTC Meeting 01/10/2019
. Library update, the legal teams are now dealing with the sale and purchase of the library. Staff issues have been addressed. To minimise Saturday closures BLTC are paying for some extra hours. Additional cover is being provided by volunteers organised by the Friends of the Library.
From 21st September the Library will be open 1000 - 1200 on Saturdays, run by volunteers from Friends of Burton Latimer Library.
Northamptonshire County Council is no longer able to provide staff for Saturday opening. The Friends of Burton Latimer Library are kindly providing volunteers to open it for two hours. The self service machines and printer/photocopier will be available but we are sorry that the computers will not be, nor can volunteers access the staff computer for ordering books.
Please bring correct cash for any purchases and/or change for the printer as volunteers cannot access the till.
Thank you for your continued support of our Library.
Burton Latimer Town Council is making progress with the purchase of the Library, but it is slower than we had hoped.
If you would like to offer your services as a volunteer, please contact Councillor Linda Gregory on 07944 083170 or email@example.com
Library Budget (Excel Spreadsheet, 43 Kb)