First day of the inspection. They went out to Carbootsale Library to have a look round. They were very impressed, it's a nice little library with lots going on and its a lively hub for the local community, which is a popular venue for "it's grim up north" films. T. Aldous was on a high: a couple of the inspectors spent the whole of the journey back enthusing about the library and its staff. They liked the layout and the big picture windows with the paintings of Spot and Spongebob Squarepants. They liked the community space. They liked its being in a parade of shops next to a bus stop. They liked it. "Just what a community library should be like!" says one.
At five o'clock T. Aldous got a 'phone call from our esteemed director, Ardley Corduroy, to say that Carbootsale Library's going to be moved into a room in the local primary school. That's round the corner, up the hill (natch!) and the entrance will be around the back by the dustbins. The room in question is about two-thirds the size and doesn't have a community space. "It's important that we make the library joint use so that it can be made to appeal to the community," says Ardley.