I was privileged to be invited to attend an event to celebrate Anlaby Park Community Library signing a lease with Hull City Council to run the library.
The lease being signed is a huge milestone for the library.
When Labour Councillors first announced they would be closing the library, none of us thought it would be 18 months before the issue was concluded.
Our petition for the Council to keep running the library fell on deaf ears, despite Anlaby Park Library having one of the highest footfall rates in the city. There was an amazing response from the local community, and the campaign took on a life of its own. A takeover by local people was the only option left. At meetings I attended with Cllrs Karen Woods and Helena Clay I was impressed with the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers.
There have been many ups and downs along the way, but it is a credit to the trustees and all the volunteers that the library is open today.
It's been great to see the community spirit in the area, and hear people's pride in their local area. I've really enjoyed attending the various fundraising events the library volunteers have organised over the last 18 months, from fun days to carol events and more.
Now the challenge is to keep the library going. I hope people in the local area will continue to support the library, both by using it regularly but also by supporting their events to help raise the funds they need.
The huge support for Anlaby Park library from the local community shows just how much people value their local libraries. I am determined to keep campaigning for libraries to stay open across Hull.