Lundin Links community comes together for library demo

The campaigners at Lundin Links (Fife Photo Agency)
The campaigners at Lundin Links (Fife Photo Agency)
  • Community campaign
  • Bid to save library
  • Trust’s reasoning challenged
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Book enthusiasts of all ages in the Largo villages were on the same page last week as they joined a family-friendly demo to save Lundin Links library.

The facility is on a 16-strong list of libraries across the Kingdom targeted for closure by Fife Cultural Trust, which seeks to make savings of around £813,000.

Lundin Links is already a valued asset.

Heather Paterson

The Trust, which manages and operates the library network on behalf of Fife Council, also believes its plans will lead to a more easily accessible and improved technological service to meet modern-day needs.

However, campaigners believe shutting Lundin Links will conserve less than £10,000 a year.

Local groups turning out for Thursday’s community gathering included Largo Community Choir, Largo Mums ‘n’ Tots and Largo Preschool Playgroup.

Backed also by award-winning children’s author, Chae Strathie, who lives in Lundin Links, they are determined that Fife Council should listen to the strongly-held views of the importance of library to community life.

Save Lundin Links Library campaigners believe their library, apart from being close to Leven, does not fulfil the criteria on which the Trust has drawn up its plans.

Resident Heather Paterson said: “Many of the libraries listed for closure are in unsuitable buildings or have seen large drops in use. That’s not the case with Lundin Links. It’s already a valued asset and there are simple initiatives that can make the library’s future even brighter.”

Largo Mums ‘n’ Tots has written to local councillors about its concerns.

While the Trust is proposing that Leven, Methil or Elie libraries are used instead, some group members do not have access to a car during the day and value the walk to a local library.

Veronica MacLeod, manager at Largo Preschool Playgroup said: “The library closure would be a huge loss to us. We regularly walk along with the children to attend Book Bug, which are fun book and song sessions in the library. As a charity, we would not have funds to hire transport to go to Book Bug sessions elsewhere.”

Jean Morrison (83) said: “I have been a library user here for over 30 years. I, and others like me, would miss it greatly, especially as we can easily order and pick up the books.”