VOLUNTEERS are celebrating five years of running Denholme Community Library since taking it over from Bradford Council.

The trailblazing team will highlight the success during their annual general meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 2pm in the village’s Mechanics Institute.

The volunteers are also running hosting a coffee morning at the Institute – which is home to the library – on November 26 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Annette Bell, coordinator of the library, said the dedicated volunteers had run the library successfully for five years with support from Bradford Council’s Library Service.

She said: “We don’t often blow our own trumpet but, during that time, volunteers have worked hard to provide a quality library service for the people of Denholme."

Annette said the library worked in partnership with local schools and the Babes and Tots group, and had run exhibitions on themes such as the First World War, Magna Carta, Jane Austen and Shakespeare.

She added: “In the Reading Room we have local newspapers donated by our local Co-op as part of their charity this year.

“Funds have been raised for ongoing costs by us holding events such as coffee mornings and bacon butties. We have been successful in applications to purchase furniture and equipment.

“We are always looking for volunteers, so if you can spare two hours a week come and join the team.

“In 2011 we were proud to work with students volunteering for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and some volunteers have found employment.”

There will be another coffee morning on December 15, with mince pies from 10.30am to 11.30am.

The library is open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to noon, on Mondays from 3pm to 5pm, and on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.

The library can be contacted by calling 07958 619532 during opening hours, or by emailing denholmelibrary2011@yahoo.co.uk.