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Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Rd, Corsham SN13 9DN, UK – 01249 713159
This is so much more than a library -- there is a pool here, a tennis court, outside kids play area, big car park; and inside there are meeting rooms, huge rooms for gym or concerts, a cafe, a climbing wall and of course a library. It's a real community centre. I say "real" because so many places call themselves 'community centre' but offer so little. This is how it should be. For example, in nearby Chippenham there is a small library but nowhere for a freelance writer/PR consultant like me to sit and work (unless I fancy taking a kiddies table/chair). So I come to Corsham to work and later on I'll go for a swim and maybe even get a shot on the climbing wall. The place is packed -- adults looking for books and reading them; teens of every shape and size, plotting in the corners; and lots of families -- it's the ideal place for parents to leave their kids in the inside play area, which is in the library as there seems to be a teacher who's here to entertain them. I can't rate this place highly enough. It's an example for every small town -- a community centre with resources that people actually want, where you can park, leave your kids, have a swim, coffee, chat and read. Every small town should aspire to one; and seeing the name Wiltshire County Council plastered all over the place it's clear that they paid for all of this -- good for them. But it's also clear that they wouldn't have paid for it had a local team in Corsham applied for teh funding, put together and plan and lobbied like hell. The other thing I love about this library, where I'm currently working, is that there's no "SILENCE" rule and there is a constant soundtrack of high pitched kiddie screams -- and now they're all singing a song about crocodiles.
Funky library, my kids love it
3 Valens Terrace, Box, Corsham SN13 8NT, UK – 01225 742256
Great little library!
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