Friends of Kelso Library receive Awards for All grant of £10,000
Work on creating a new outdoor reading and storytelling area at Kelso Library will start shortly thanks to a grant of £10,000 from the Awards for All (Scotland) scheme.
Friends of Kelso Library have been successful in securing the funding as well as local donations of £2500 from Charity begins at Home and £1000 from the Abbey Row Community Centre which will be used to transform the area at the rear of the library which has lain derelict for a number of years.
The work will create a large paved area with seating, which will be available to a wide spectrum of the community. A special “storytelling bench” will be installed for children from nurseries and schools to sit on while they are being told or read stories, introducing them to the joys of reading in a very special setting. Friends of Kelso Library and their Readers group will be able to host events in the garden and readers may enjoy sitting out of doors just passing time with a book or newspaper on good days.
Local Scottish Borders Councillor, Alasdair Hutton, said “this is a marvellous boost for Kelso. Friends of Kelso Library have done marvellously to secure enough money to create a really worthwhile addition to the Library.”
Kelso Library celebrated its Centenary on 16th May 2006 with a day of activities including the launch of the scheme to create the new reading garden. A lamp at the front entrance was restored and illuminated to depict the light that reading can bring to inform and inspire everyone who is willing to open their minds.
Councillor Hutton said, “This garden along with the lamp at the entrance arch will be a lasting legacy from Kelso Library Centenary year for future generations of Kelsonians.”
Friends of Kelso Library would like to thank Awards for All, Charity begins at Home, Abbey Row Community Centre, Daren Silcock from SBLocal and Librarian Ruth Holmes for their unstinting energy and support for this worthwhile project.
Awards for All is a partnership between four organisations that distribute Lottery funds: the Scottish Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund.
Other local groups and schools interested in applying for funding from Awards for All should contact the Scottish Borders Council Lottery Officer:
(01835) 826 543, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact
Ruth Holmes 01573 223171
Alasdair Hutton 01573 224369