New era beckons for Mansfield Old Library

Rumbles manager at the Old Library, Helen Emson with chef Alan Peacock.
Rumbles manager at the Old Library, Helen Emson with chef Alan Peacock.

Eye-catching artwork and a new community café herald the start of an exciting new era for The Old Library in Mansfield.

The Old Library Youth Arts and Media Venue unveiled its makeover this week to help it to cement its position as one of the county’s top creative, community and music hubs.

A new partnership will see Rumbles charity manage a community café five days a week at the centre – providing opportunities for trainees with learning disabilities to deliver work based learning.

Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Young people with a real association to the centre have played a crucial role with the art installation and new-look surroundings.

“The team is a real success story for the creative industries. It has excellent sector links to professionals nationally, and provides top-class support and guidance to musicians, dancers, singers and others interested in getting into these careers.

“There are also great facilities with a theatre, recording studio, dance spaces and a media suite.”

Gina Dolan, manager of Rumbles catering project, added: “We are excited to announce this new partnership with the county council.

“I remember visiting this building when it was still a library. We hope the café venture will appeal to young and old alike - it is a fantastic setting.”