Borrowers send out bold message

THOSE trying to consign Draperstown library to the history books were sent a bold message of ‘People Power’ on Saturday afternoon as residents turned out in force for Draperstown Library’s Big Borrow.

And supporters have threatened legal action if the library is closed down.

Hundreds of Draperstown residents raided the library shelves borrowing the maximum nine books, in one last attempt to show Libraries NI how important rural libraries are to their communities before the public consultation ends this Friday 8th April.

Save Draperstown Library spokesperson Teresa McKenna said: “We are just overwhelmed at the sheer number of people who turned out and borrowed nine books as requested. No one can say Draperstown didn’t fight hard for their library service.

“We are so proud of how the people from this community, as a whole, have stepped up to the challenge and the power of the people was particularly evident.

“We fully understand Libraries NI face very challenging times ahead but figures released show that since Libraries NI took over Draperstown Library in 2009 they have invested nothing into the service here.

“Imagine if Libraries NI had actually marketed the library and engaged with the community what figures we could have achieved,” said Mrs McKenna.

“I would ask those who have not yet submitted their consultation questionnaire or filled out a membership form and borrowed books to do so today Thursday.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us in this process and we would especially like to thank Lawrence O’Kane Chemists who sponsored the Big Borrow and Fun Day last Saturday. (See page 20 for photos)

“We hope we have demonstrated to Libraries NI our passion for our library and our service can be saved. If we can send one last message to Libraries NI it would be, if the decision is taken to close Draperstown Library we regrettably plan legal action but hope this will be avoided.”