THE re-launch of Silsden Library as a community-run facility has come a significant step nearer, with the recruitment of new volunteers.

An initial batch of prospective library assistants has already undergone training and more sessions will follow over the coming weeks.

Peter Cannon, chairman of the library management committee, said: "We are very pleased with progress, and can now envisage the library re-opening very soon."

This Saturday, (April 1) Bradford Council will end its staffing of the Town Hall based library, as part of its latest cutbacks to try and save money.

A spokesman for the local group taking on the library added: "Closure is now expected to last weeks rather than months.

"This pause will give the community time to prepare for a different style of management and, in the meantime, readers are advised to return and borrow books from the libraries at Keighley or Ilkley.

"More volunteers, who can offer an hour or more once a fortnight, are still welcome."

Anyone willing to offer their time is asked to contact Janet Emmett on 07443 333531, or e-mail for more details.