(what is that person doing in that grey heap anyway?)
After re-branding the libraries as community hubs, and the company name to Eco Communities,
the business plan mirrors that of all social enterprise-run libraries
since – it diversified. "Obviously you don't generate money out of
loaning books, or the use of computers – they are all free", says Dunn.
"But we are installing cafés in all the libraries and the local housing
associations are funding us to provide work experience and training for
long-term unemployed residents, and we have a pot of funding from Defra...
We also have the contract with the council to sell old library books...
on Amazon, and at book fairs." And, of course, it continues to sell
recycled electrical equipment, with the library buildings providing
effective showrooms and depots.
Wow, and to think we could be doing that at our Libraries; putting the money from 'Friends of the Library' book sales back into our funds to support ourselves! Interesting.
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STRATEGIC PLANNING @Your Library
Thanks to the many people from Tuxedo, Mamakating and Munro, NY,
who contributed their time, energies and open minds
to the success of the planning sessions.
And to the 'groundbreakers' at Grahamsville, NY. and all the wonderful volunteers at all libraries everywhere.
We had fun!
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