The joy of reading has been taken to Burslem residents as a book collection opened in Swan Bank Methodist Church this week.
The service has been made possible following contributions from the ward budgets of councillor Alan Dutton and councillor Joy Garner and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Empty Shops Fund, as well as support from Burslem Regeneration, the Prince’s Charities and a local contractor.
Although the service has been accessible throughout the summer it was officially launched on Monday, September 3, 2012.
Local contractor Anthony Moran of A W Moran Joinery & Building Services provided the materials and the labour to redecorate the room.
Councillor Alan Dutton, ward member for Burslem Central, said: “We want people to have access to good books and enjoy
reading. This can provide a much-needed service to the Burslem area.”
Councillor Joy Garner, ward member for Burslem Park, said: “I’m pleased that a part of my ward’s budget has gone to providing such an enjoyable activity for Burslem residents. With the café onsite, this is a great opportunity for people to grab a Fairtrade cup of coffee and read a good book. I’d also like to thank the organisations who have helped to support this project.”
People can also donate books to the service by dropping them off at the Coffee Lounge at the Swan Bank Methodist Church.
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