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Mobile library visiting Lowestoft pub

PUBLISHED: 13:02 03 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:18 05 July 2010

THE mobile library service is visiting a Lowestoft pub as part of a new "community stops" scheme.

Graham Newman, portfolio holder for Adult and Community Services, will be meeting users of the Waveney Mobile Library and invited guests at the Suffolk Punch pub, Westwood Avenue, Lowestoft, at 10am on Thursday.

THE mobile library service is visiting a Lowestoft pub as part of a new “community stops” scheme.

Graham Newman, portfolio holder for Adult and Community Services, will be meeting users of the Waveney Mobile Library and invited guests at the Suffolk Punch pub, Westwood Avenue, Lowestoft, at 10am on Thursday.

The mobile library stops there for 2 hours 45 minutes supporting other community activities and allowing full online use of the internet including the library catalogue.

On this occasion there will be a chance for users to talk to someone from Suffolk Roadsafe's GrandDriver project.

GrandDriver aims to help mature drivers to continue to drive safely as they grow older and offers free refresher workshops to older drivers in Suffok.

This is the third mobile library in Suffolk to have a satellite attached which means library users can now access the library catalogue and use the internet live.

Mr Newman said: “The mobile library service is a vital link, for those who live outside town centres and without easy access to a building-based library or for those who can't get far from their home. Now that we have the satellite link, we are hoping to encourage many more people to use the mobile library service.

“We have had a very encouraging response to the first three mobile libraries we've equipped in this way, so we're looking to extend the service to more vehicles in future. The GrandDriver scheme is a good example of how we can bring all sorts of services closer to where people live, and so involve many more local residents.”

The satellite technology is managed by Customer Service Direct (CSD) the partnership set up by BT, Suffolk County Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council to provide more efficient council services to the public.

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