West Norfolk village library reopens in temporary location while new venue is built
A coastal village's library has reopened in a new temporary location as part of a joint venture between the church and the parish council.
Heacham Library has relocated to the Church Hall from its original venue on the High Street with visitors able to use the facility from Friday.
This will be a temporary location while a new library is being built.
Library volunteer and parish councillor Margaret Gilbert said the venue will provide a social space where people can pop-in for a cup of coffee as well as using the library service.
She added: "It is very exciting to be reopening at long last run by Heacham Parish Council and by volunteers. It is part of a normal service popping in to find local information.
"As a parish council, we have to do extensive due diligence to make it as Covid proof as possible. It was a double whammy with Covid as well as completely repositioning the library.
"When Covid struck, we had to literally leave bits and bobs on the floor and run away."
Now the library is back up and running, safety measures include additional cleaning duties, returned books being in quarantine for one week, face shields for volunteers and hand sanitiser stations.
Reverend Veronica Wilson of Heacham Parish Church said the council and church are looking at offering activities and clubs such as a book group for villagers once the coronavirus subsides.
Pre-pandemic, the library has accommodated a bereavement group, as well as coffee mornings, and Revd Wilson said the church is looking forward to putting such events on again when they are allowed to do so.
She added: "Lots of people are on their own in this village and to be able to come in for a cup of coffee and have a chat is what we are hoping to be ale to do in time. This is the first step towards that.
"It is sad we can't put these events on at the moment due to Covid but we are looking forward to when we can do.
"We have lots of ideas with all ages across the village."