8th December 2014
By David O’Sullivan
A former Mayor of County Cork – Tim Lombard – has expressed his disappointment at the announcement that from January of 2015, Bandon Library is to be closed on Mondays.
Cllr Lombard (Fine Gael) says “Unfortunately staff members are down over the last six years, and there are 39,000 new books in HQ that have not yet been distributed. Bandon library provides a wide range of beneficial services to the local community in addition to the wide range of books available for lending, including: Cork County Council information such as Motor Taxation forms, driving licence forms and the Co Development Plan; Do It Yourself- a joint initiative between the HSE and Cork County Library and Arts Service and also a selection of Adult Literacy Books for loan. Several events are also held on a regular basis including: Storytelling for children, Reading Support Programme for parents of children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties, Writer’s Group and regular art exhibitions from St. Brogan’s adult education art group. There is also a key involvement with local festivals such as the Library Ireland Week, Seachtain Na Gaeilge, Bealtaine, Children’s Book Festival and Summer Arts Programme.”
The new opening hours for Bandon however mean that the library will remain open during lunch time hours from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
The situation mirrors that seen two weeks ago in Carrigaline.