Athy councillor vows to increase library membership

Athy Cllr Thomas Redmond, who is spearheading a campaign to reopen the Athy library services on Saturdays, has vowed to increase membership by at least 2,500.

Athy Cllr Thomas Redmond, who is spearheading a campaign to reopen the Athy library services on Saturdays, has vowed to increase membership by at least 2,500.

Cllr Redmond is calling on parents in south Kildare to sign their children up firstly because its free and secondly to raise awareness of the public campaign to reopen Saturday hours.

Primary and secondary schools from Kilberry to Maganey have been contacted to come on board and supply the membership forms to the parents.

“The deputy librarian has vowed to go to the schools with a local branch manager and give the forms out for the parents,” said Cllr Redmond.

“If parents have the forms, the parents I met with said they would be very willing to fill them out for the schools. Many of the parents were dismayed that they were not in a position to get to the library with the Saturday closure to collect the form needed.”

Cllr Redmond said it was good start to the campaign and welcomed the news that the library service will go actively into schools with membership cards.

“The library is a public service that is very important and one must remember it is not just the taking of books out that goes on in Athy library, the newspapers, the internet and official forms and documents.” More public meetings are in planning, he added.