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16 June 2017

Minister drops into rhyme time at Salisbury Library

"This was a great opportunity to provide the new minister with an insight into how we operate our libraries

Darren Henry, portfolio holder for libraries at Wiltshire Council

Salisbury MP John Glen visited Salisbury Library today for one of his first public visits as the newly appointed Minister for Arts, Heritage, Tourism, Museums and Libraries.

John dropped into one of the regular rhyme time events being held in the busy library and met library staff and customers.

The Minister said: "I was pleased to visit Salisbury library and The Young Gallery and to participate in the afternoon Rhyme Time session. I spent some time gaining more insight into the range of services and advice provided in the library including the support provided to people for universal credit and universal job match. Libraries offer far more services than people realise and are often a community hub where people go."

Darren Henry, portfolio holder for libraries at Wiltshire Council, portfolio holder for libraries at Wiltshire Council, said: "This was a great opportunity to provide the new minister with an insight into how we operate our libraries.

"We have a very clear vision to sustain Wiltshire's libraries into the future. We have found that if you invest in libraries to provide a vibrant community hub and a safe place for community groups and organisations to meet and provide advice, clubs, activities and events, then visitor numbers, and the number of people that volunteer to support these valuable community services also increases. The recent investment into Calne Library has proven this to be the case with 39 different community groups and organisations using the hub for a wide range of events and activities."

We currently have 867 volunteers supporting the service and this is continuing to grow. At Salisbury Library there are a number of regular community events during the week including rhyme time, writers' group, library memory group, health trainer drop-in sessions, credit union and action time for babies and toddlers.

Last updated: 16 June 2017 | Last reviewed: 16 June 2017

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