On 24 September, Shaun visited Tipton Library in Tipton Town Centre, as libraries across Sandwell begin returning to normal Opening Hours from the 4th of October.
The Library has been open since the new year, however staff did comment that residents are hesitant to return. Tipton Library has played host to various groups from different Primary Schools, to hobbyists and volunteers across the town. Unfortunately, due to leftover COVID restrictions from Sandwell Council, there have been limits on how many visitors the library can have in at so many time. Schools and Groups can return from next week, as restrictions ease in Sandwell's public buildings - although, this does not mean that they are compromising on safety with hand sanitiser available and masks still preferred inside.
Shaun also explored the Tipton Heritage Centre situated within the Library (pictured above) that demonstrates the history of Tipton from the industrial revolution up until present day. This fantastic installation from the Museums Department at Sandwell Council is interactive and designed for residents of all ages.
Tipton Library is unique in the fact that it is the one of the only libraries in Sandwell that is in a privately rented building, and this has raised a lot of concern with local residents. Shaun, however, is committed to protecting vital local resources such as the Library; and therefore questioned if Sandwell Council had any plans to close the library in the future. Sandwell Council confirmed that the contract with the Private Landlord is in place until 2025, and the Council has no plans for closure.