WORCESTER’S MP Robin Walker visited The Hive to celebrate National Libraries Day.
Mr Walker, who has been a long standing supporter of the library and its place as the hub of Worcester’s community, made the visit earlier this month to attend a storytelling session and meet with library staff.
Mr Walker also visited St John’s Community Library to meet with adults and children who benefit from the innovative projects the city’s libraries are running.
National Libraries Day highlights and celebrates the importance of public libraries and what they bring to communities.
“I’m grateful to The Hive for their important work and National Libraries Day was a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the families and children who are inspired by their facilities and excellent events,” said Mr Walker.
“Libraries needn’t be old fashioned as they are so often portrayed, but can be vibrant community hubs which combine the latest technologies with a sense of fun. The Hive is a brilliant demonstration of this, but so are our city’s smaller libraries in Warndon and St John’s.
“Staff at each of the libraries I visited raised concerns with me over public funding for library services which I took up with Ministers.
“I’m hopeful the announcement from the Communities Minister of an additional £5million of transitional funding for Worcestershire’s county council, should help to ease some of the pressure on such vital public resources.
“I certainly saw how valuable and inspiring our local libraries can be,” he added.