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Library to introduce crafts and draughts

Selkirk Library is throwing open its doors to two new groups, with the aim of providing a place for people to come together and participate in free community activities.

Following in the footsteps of similar programmes at Galashiels Library and Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick, the Knit, Natter & Sew group, Mondays 10am-12 noon, is an opportunity to meet likeminded people, get a chance to share hints and tips and swap patterns. Members bring their latest project and their own material.

The Games Club, Wednesdays 10am-12 noon, is an opportunity to play classic games such as Dominos and Scrabble against new opponents. Game sets are provided.

Amy Thomson, Library Supervisor commented: “Libraries are able to offer a great deal more than just taking out books.

“I look forward to seeing these groups flourish in Selkirk Library as they have done in other locations.”

The idea of hosting self-run community groups in public libraries is already proving popular in other parts of Scotland and Live Borders Libraries are offering a welcoming space in Selkirk to provide opportunities to engage with like-minded people.

Lynne Irons, Live Borders Director of Managed Services, added: “Using our libraries to benefit local communities and individuals is a key driver behind services like the Knit, Natter and Sew, and The Games Club.

“Libraries offer far more than access to books.  For many of our users at Live Borders, engaging with others, sharing an interest and being part of a community group offers important health and social benefits.

“By ensuring that members of local communities are engaged in running groups like these two examples in Selkirk Library, it enhances the services by ensuring the needs and wants of local people are informing the activities provided.”

For more information on Live Borders, Library Services visit www.liveborders.org.uk or to find out more about the Selkirk Library groups contact 01750 726 410.

Photo - Jessie Growden, Library & Information Assistant, and Norman Given, Library Supervisor.

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