The library in Earlsdon - one of the three public libraries in Coventry funded by Andrew Carnegie, in 1912.

The library in Earlsdon - one of the three public libraries in Coventry funded by Andrew Carnegie, in 1912.

 A special invitation for you -

from

EARLSDON CARNEGIE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

The old Earlsdon Library is now run by local volunteers, independently from Coventry City Council.

We’re still a community lending library - but with Coventry 2021 City of Culture just around the corner, there’s lots more we want to add into the mix to make the most of this beautiful building - and widen its appeal.

With your help, we can make it happen right now - and give Earlsdon a boost.

Who are we?

What are we doing?

Why are we doing it?

How are we making it happen?

..and how do you fit in?

OUR PLAN: how - with your help - a re-purposed entrance hall & community ‘welcome space’ might look.

OUR PLAN: how - with your help - a re-purposed entrance hall & community ‘welcome space’ might look.

Who? : Earlsdon Carnegie Comminity Library (ECCL) is a new charity, set up by a group of volunteers who didn’t want to see the building closing due to council cuts (it’s on their closure list) - we’ve taken over the lease, and now run the facility.

What? : we want to make this a ‘culture hub’ the local community can be proud of - starting with basics like renovating the front door, painting windows - but our big plan is to make-over the entrance hall space, adding a small secondhand bookshop facility and re-purposing the computer / reading area to allow us to host more community events.

Why? : we need to encourage more people - of all ages, and all backgrounds - to use the library; not just for books, or internet browsing, but to socialise in - and be inspired. We also need to become self-sufficient, financially - so the changes are designed to develop new revenue streams (books sales/occasional hiring of the space eg. children’s parties/ plus our own programme of events) and significantly increasing our visitor numbers (we currently get around 1000 visitors per week) by adding in (silent!) films showing, for example, old Coventry photos, local artist work, interesting Earlsdon history exhibitions - then in the evening the possibility of open mic comedy/poetry/talks/music etc.

How? : we’ve a good mix of people on the team who can get these things organised - but like with everything, we need help securing both capital funding (for ‘things’ to make improvements) and revenue funding (to pay the bills, and ideally fund some full time staff so that we don’t have to rely 100% on our volunteers)

Can I help? : yes - you can help right now - by becoming one of our ECCL ‘Community Partners’.

Pledge the small amount of £9.99 (£99 for businesses) per month, and you can nominate yourself (plus up to five employees) to be eligible for our Community Partnership visitor card - this entitles holders to free coffee on any visit, 3 free books per month from our secondhand selections (re-stocked daily), entrance to any events listed on our events programme for free, plus your name/company branding on our new website.

Contact julie rubidge on 07976 899999 for details, or drop us an email julie@earlsdoncarnegielibrary.co.uk

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