Haverhill county councillors popped in to the town’s library to see for themselves how funding they provided is helping it to provide a better service.
Councillors Anne Gower, Julian Flood and Tony Brown each gave £500 from their locality budgets to The Friends of Haverhill Library, money it put towards the installation and maintenance of the library’s Wi-Fi.
Cllr Flood and Cllr Gower (Cllr Brown could not make it) visited the library in Camps Road last Saturday (Feb 8) to sample the kind of services that it is able to offer thanks to their financial support.
On Saturday and the previous day the library held Get Connected sessions, from 11am to 3pm, where customers could get information about downloading ebooks, connecting to the Wi-Fi and accessing other online library services including the recently launched ‘Freegal’ which offers free music download and streaming.
James Powell, marketing and communications manager for Suffolk Libraries, explained a bit more about the Get Connected events.
He said: “It’s showing people what they can do with the Wi-Fi and just in terms of getting on things they would normally want to use, like Facebook or emails.
“A lot of people use the library’s internet for general things that a lot of people take for granted, things that they don’t have access to at home.
“There are not that many places that have free Wi-Fi where you can go in and use it and not have to pay for something.
“It’s just one thing that’s really helpful for customers.
“I think the councillors all decided they would like to support the library and we thought it was something tangible that they would want to provide money to.
“It is something tangible that the customers can use.”
Haverhill is one of 30 libraries in Suffolk with Wi-Fi.