Corby visit prompts minister to praise Northamptonshire’s libraries

Ed Vaizey MP (left) with Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, council leader Cllr Jim Harker and (back) chief executive Paul Blantern
Ed Vaizey MP (left) with Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, council leader Cllr Jim Harker and (back) chief executive Paul Blantern
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A minister has praised Northamptonshire’s library service following a visit to the county this week.

Ed Vaizey MP, minister for culture, communications and creative industries, was speaking after touring Corby library on Monday (February 3).

The minister, who also visited Towcester library, met county council deputy leader Cllr Heather Smith, chief executive Paul Blantern, head of library service Grace Kempster and library staff, and said other authorities could learn from the example set by the county.

“The library service in Northamptonshire has been designed with a clear focus on the needs of their communities, with Sunday opening and innovative use of volunteers helping to ensure that all their libraries remain open and provide wide range of support and services for the community,” Mr Vaizey said. “It’s an example from which others can learn. I know they are active in collaborating with other public library authorities and I want to see this continue and grow in the future.”

Cllr Smith added: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss with the minister the great contribution our library service, which is known as LibraryPlus, makes to communities in Northamptonshire.

“It was also a chance to highlight how volunteering is a cornerstone of the LibraryPlus service and how volunteers help the libraries to offer extra services whilst also gaining work experience.”