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More readers could save libraries
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One library has seen membership go up by 58%
Four Devon libraries threatened with closure could be saved because of an increase in the number of borrowers.

Local people have helped support Kingskerswell, Pinhoe, Kingsteignton and Stoke Fleming libraries following a review in November 2006.

And since then the four smaller libraries have seen a large rise in the number of people using them.

Now a meeting of the Executive of Devon County Council on Tuesday is expected to allow the libraries to stay open.

Last summer there was a public consultation to look at the future of a number of libraries in the county.

We are delighted so many people have stepped forward to support their libraries
Sheila Hobden, councillor

Five were shut down while Appledore and Stoke Fleming were given a reprieve. It was decided that Shaldon would stay open until June 2007 when a mobile library stop took over the service.

The expected reprieve comes because each one has seen a significant increase in the number of library users.

In particular, Pinhoe has seen membership go up by 58%, while a Friends Group continues to raise its profile.

Culture Councillor Sheila Hobden said: "We are delighted so many people have stepped forward to support their libraries."

The local authority has also pledged to invest 2.1m in plans for new library buildings at South Molton and Ivybridge, where each project will provide a wider community remit.


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