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Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 15/01 13:44
RESIDENTS in Dines Green will soon have access to library books on their doorstep for the first time after a councillor's long-standing campaign finally paid dividends.
The county's mobile library service will now visit the estate every three weeks after County Hall responded to an appeal from city and county councillor Richard Udall and demand from local residents.
It is understood to be the first time the service has stopped in Dines Green and its next visit is scheduled to be at The Green Centre on January 25 from 10am to 10.20am.
Coun Udall said he was confident there would be high demand for the service among local people.
“For too long Dines Green has missed out on having a visit from the mobile library. Now residents who struggle to get into St John’s or to the Hive, will be able to take advantage of the service," he said.
"I believe it will help young children to read their first books, it will help adults with literacy issues and with lifelong learning and will also allow residents to just enjoy a good book."
The mobile library service is part of the network of libraries across the county and can be used with existing Worcestershire library cards.
Nicki Hitchcock, the council's partnership and inclusion manager, said they anticipated the new stop in Dines Green would be permanent although the service was reviewed from time to time.
"We will be engaging with the community to promote the new stop and in addition the mobile library will visit the centre at other times during community events to further raise awareness and provide extra opportunities for residents to use their mobile library service," she added.
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