Solihull Council and The Knowle Society have made a ground-breaking agreement in which the Society provides trained and checked volunteers to enable Knowle Library to continue its lending, renewal and returns service for books and other resources through into Saturday afternoons.
This service began on 8th July 2011 and five adults and fourteen children used the service on that first afternoon. Giving children in particular that extra opportunity to browse the library at the weekend makes this move both worthwhile and satisfying for the many people who have volunteered to make it work. The volunteers have back-up support from the Central Library staff if needed and this agreement could be a model for other enhancements to our community life.
The Society and the Council already have a longstanding agreement whereby the Society holds regular Saturday open mornings upstairs in the library for its Local History Archive and it maintains display cases there that show a series of exhibitions featuring aspects of Knowle and its people, based on that archive material. The public is always welcome to inspect the Archive on those open mornings and the stewards regularly help to answer enquiries about local families.
[Note that on the following week 23 adults and 12 children availed themselves of the new opening times.]