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The library is fifty years this year (2012)! For more information about the campaign please contact us at saveoldmarstonlibrary@gmail.com or ring us on 01865-766577. The Save Old Marston Library campaign is a separate organisation from the Parish Council and the views it expresses are not necessarily those of the Parish Council.


Latest News April 2012

Save Old Marston Library Group are supporting an initiative from St Nicholas School to encourage children to become members of their local library and to visit the library. Volunteers are needed  who will be able to come into school and take children to the  library. If you can offer an hour (or more!) of your time occasionally to help with this please contact us at saveoldmarstonlibrary@gmail.com or ring us on 01865-766577.


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Protest day Friday 11th February 2011 - when local residents were joined by local book illustrator Korky Paul to protest against the proposed closure of Old Marston Library.


A Korker of an event!


Oxford-based illustrator Korky Paul delighted nearly 100 parents and children at an event organised by Save Old Marston Library Group on Friday 11 February.


The event, organised by the Save Old Marston Library Group, was so popular that it had to be held in the hall adjacent to the little village library, which is the size of a living room but which regularly receives such high numbers of visitors that people have to queue outside to browse and renew books.


After signing copies of his popular Winnie the Witch books, Korky held a reading inside the hall and applauded the efforts of local schoolchildren to save their much-loved library.


He read out a letter written by Rowan Waterfield to Councillor Keith Mitchell, begging him to save the library which she admitted she uses ‘nearly every day after school’. Korky also congratulated 11-year-old Dexter Drown, who will be speaking on behalf of the Group to councillors on Tuesday 15 February when budgets will be discussed.


One of the organisers of the event, Sam Pope, of Cromwell Close in Marston, was amazed at the turnout. ‘We always knew the library was popular within our community but we were overjoyed with the fantastic turnout on Friday,’ she said. ‘We hope that the efforts put in by parents, children and of course Korky Paul will go a long way to making councillors reconsider their stance with regard to funding all libraries in the county.’


Many of the children who attended dressed as their favourite story character to bring extra life and colour to the event and needless to say there were many Winnie the Witches to wave their magic on proceedings!”




22nd September 2012 - Old Marston Library 50th Anniversary


It was a really wonderful morning packed full of fun events starting with a rhymetime and then followed by an illustration workshop with fab artist Neill Cameron, a storyteller and music from highly acclaimed children's singer/songwriter Nick Cope.

There was face painting and a craft table throughout the day and a fantastic cake which was cut by Andrew Smith MP to mark the occasion who also presented gold medals to the Story Lab medallists!

We were thrilled to be joined by previous members of staff Claire Undy, James Keen and Pauline Wiggins and there was a huge amount of support from the community including members of staff from the local schools, the children's centre and volunteers and library users who co-organised and ran the different events.

We are very grateful to Old Marston Parish Council for the funding and all their support. Also the Co-op and The Mortimer Hall Management Committee plus everybody who helped to make it such a special day.

The party was busy from beginning to end, full of people enjoying the party atmosphere and attracting new customers who came to join the library and to wish Old Marston Library a very happy 50th birthday!


Maria Ilett, Library Manager



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