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Libraries in Brandon, Long Melford and Shotley announce new opening hours

Three community libraries have announced they are extending their opening hours to meet public demand for their services.

Long Melford Library – which recently moved to St Catherine’s Church – opened between 9am and 1pm over the summer.

This was intended to allow as many children as possible to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.

A number of libraries have announced changes
A number of libraries have announced changes

Now, library staff have announced this extension of opening hours, originally intended to be temporary, will become permanent.

Nick Castell, manager at Long Melford Library, said: “We'd like to take the opportunity to thank everybody at St. Catherine’s for making us so welcome and supporting us so constructively in serving the community in Long Melford.

“Saturdays proved very busy and popular over the summer holidays, particularly with families, and we are delighted to be able to continue to offer Family Crafts and Lego Club!”

Meanwhile, from November 13, Brandon Library will also be opening on Monday.

The public will be able to access its facilities between 10am and 1pm, and between 2pm and 5pm. This has been made possible by closing earlier on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

For Brandon, the announced changes to opening hours are:

• Mondays – 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

• Tuesday – 10am to 5pm

• Friday – 10am to 3.30pm

• Saturday – 10am to 3pm

Shotley’s pop-up library, which currently opens on Monday, will be opening on Friday from November 3.

It will opening for an additional two hours, between 10am and 4.30pm.

Its ‘Tot Rock’ sessions, aimed at children under the age of five, will commence at the new time of 10am.