Borough Mayor, Cllr Bill Soane, has officially opened Arborfield’s pop-up library in its new home at Arborfield Green Community Centre.
The library had been housed nearby in the Royal British Legion’s building, thanks to an agreement between the charity and Wokingham Borough Council.
Its new location in Sheerlands Road is the first step in the council’s plans to link the borough’s library services with community centre activities in Arborfield. This will culminate in a new multi-use community centre to be built as part of the Arborfield major new development.
“We are extremely grateful to the British Legion for its support during the past four years, which has allowed us to continue offering a library service to people in Arborfield. This is very much appreciated,” said Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr Bill Soane.
“But its new home means local people can now use the library and its services at the same time as accessing community events and activities, so the centre will become a natural community focal point.”
The pop-up library’s opening hours have changed slightly in its new location. Instead of Monday afternoon, it is open mornings (9.30am to 1.30pm) so that people already at the centre can also use the library. The library is also open Saturdays 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Storytime on the first Wednesday of each month, and book groups on the second Tuesday of the month, are the same but the council will keep a close eye on numbers using these sessions and the library and tweak the hours if needed.