Regular Linda’s Book Bag readers can’t have missed the fact that I was heavily involved in The Deepings Literary Festival this year. In case you missed that particular literary event you can find out more about what I got up to here.
Deepings Community Library
One of the driving forces behind the literary festival has always been the desire to bring the local community together. We know we have fantastic people and resources here in the Deepings and when it was announced that the Deepings Library would be closing a few years ago, the community got together and fought back and since those uncertain times the library has become a valuable, even essential, part of life in South Lincolnshire, providing friendship, education and entertainment for the whole community. It is now the most successful community library in the county.
The Deepings Literary Festival Committee on Launch Day in the Library
Alongside all the books available in the Deepings Community Library are fantastic regular and special events, drop in sessions and wonderful staff and volunteers working to help make the most of books and reading for all; from book babies to seniors there’s something for everyone.
For example, without the Deepings Community Library, we wouldn’t have had our literary festival launch venue this year, nor the wonderful session with Judith Allnatt, author of The Poet’s Wife, A Mile of River, The Moon Field and The Silk Factory and a fascinating afternoon with The Words in My Hand author Guinevere Glasfurd.
Author Darren O’Sullivan Cutting the Cake on Deepings Literary Festival Launch Day
When you add in the fabulous Read Dating event showcasing local authors Sarah Bennett, Margaret Castle, Tony Forder, Helen Claire Gould, Ross Greenwood, Jane E James, Eva Jordan and Tony Millington you can see what an integral part of the festival the library was.
The Deepings Community Library wants to offer even more to the community, especially to older children and young adults and needs your help. Persimmon Homes ANGLIA is backing Deepings Community Library to be a prize winner when cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be announced in October. New funds would allow the library to extend and improve the facilities it can offer the whole of the Deepings, south Lincolnshire and the surrounding area.
In order to win, the library needs as many daily votes as possible and this is where you can help. All it takes is a minute of your time over as many days as you can between now and midnight on September 27th to head to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/, click on Education and vote for Deepings Community Library.
Just think what £100,000 could do for this wonderful community resource. Let’s get voting and who knows where the Deepings Community Library can take us next!