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Warm welcome and free hot drink at Staffordshire libraries

Posted on Monday 3rd October 2022
Victoria Wilson, Tara and Paddington NR

Cllr Victoria Wilson with Tara Spandrzyk from Staffordshire Libraries and Arts service

Visitors to Staffordshire’s libraries can expect a warm welcome and a free hot drink as part of a new project.

Libraries have teamed up with Morrison’s supermarket  and Lakeland Dairies to offer people free cups of tea and coffee to help bring some cheer over the winter months.

As well as serving the hot brews, staff and volunteers will be taking the opportunity to let people know about the range of services, activities and support available in the library.

Perton, Burton, Leek, Newcastle, Stafford, Lichfield and Cannock libraries are taking part in the project. People can call into their local library for further details.

The warm welcome in libraries project is part of a wider package of support to help residents with the increasing cost of living, rising energy costs and everyday essentials.

The new ‘Here to help’ campaign at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/heretohelp provides information, advice and support on managing those cost of living pressures.  The county council will be directing people to support on things like managing debt, paying bills, food and essentials, staying warm and helping others. Library staff  will also be able to signpost people to local organisations who can provide additional help.

Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said: “There’s always a warm welcome and friendly face at your local library and now with the offer of a free drink, there’s even more reason to visit.

“The warm welcome sessions will run over the autumn and winter months, providing a great opportunity for people to drop in, have a chat and meet new friends. It’s a wonderfully simple project that we know will have a positive impact on people’s lives at a time when there are extra pressures on people.

“Libraries are already regarded as safe and inviting places for everybody in the community and if you haven’t been in one recently, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of different things you can do there.  As well as access to over one million books, e-books and e-magazines, you’ll also get access to PC’s, free Wi-Fi and the chance to take part in lots of groups and activities. There’s never been a better time to be a member of your local library and it’s free to join.”

Victoria added: “With the cost of living rising, we know that many households will struggle this winter, but I want to remind people that there is help and support available.

“Getting support early can make a big difference and our ‘Here to help’ campaign will help people find information and advice to help them manage those cost of living pressures.”

For further details on what Staffordshire libraries have to offer visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries or follow them on social media.

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