A LIBRARY, which was taken over by volunteers after closing down, recently ran a competition to write stories for a charity book.

Fair Oak Community Library has been open for over a year now.

The building was given to the parish council by Hampshire County Council who closed the county run library down. A group of dedicated volunteers have taken over the management and everyday staffing of the library and as a result of this, membership has soared with currently over 800 active members.

Alongside the loaning of books the library promotes a range of community groups including activities for pre-school children and their parents as well as the more mature members of the community. The library also has charitable status.

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It is particularly popular with children and as part of the necessary ongoing fundraising, one junior member Finley Keats suggested that junior age children could write stories for a book which could be printed and sold with proceeds supporting the library.

As a result a book has been compiled and printed with local estate agents White and Guard paying for the printing with the printers, Minuteman Press offering a discount to the charity.

A launch was held on June 18 and all children were presented with a certificate with first, second and third prizes, by Cllr Nick Couldrey.

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