In 2014 Gwaun cae Gurwen Library became one of the first community run libraries in Neath Port Talbot. The Local Authority withdrew funding for staff and rent and a Community Volunteer Group, Y LOLFA was formed to run the library.
Our volunteer Librarians and Volunteer Trustees have kept the library open and running since that day, offering a friendly cheerful service. Membership of the library has grown each year with events and special activities.
With a Celebration day Summer of 2015 and our first Christmas Craft Fair the same year we went from strength to strength investing in 2016 in replacing the computers and providing much needed faster internet access and wifi.
In 2016 we also started our Clubs initially within a grant, many of which are still run today by volunteers or by the current grant. Our first clubs were book clubs, creative writing and lego - all of which still remain and many have grown and grown. (see our clubs page)
We've nurtured links with the local schools and have loved having visits from classes from Ysgol Gynradd GCG since 2016.
2016 was a big year as it was also the start of our Welsh events and clubs with Partneriaith Castell Nedd which is still going strong to this day!
In 2017 we started working with Workways Plus as an outreach centre in the library on Tuesdays and now on Fridays too! We also launched our Y Lolfa's Own Collection, a collection of books owned by the Librry itself which is growing every year.
Opening on Fridays also started in 2017 in line with opening for the GCG food bank and the Hwyl Wellbeing team who set up their popular Coffee Morning GCG Fridays with help on hand from many different organisations.
We've had everything from Ukeleles, Dog Demonstrations, Author Visits and even a Dark Skies Wales Observatory over the years
We have, and still have, many workshops, Flower Arranging, Christmas Wreaths, Gardening, Goldies and Family History to name just a few of the popular ones.
In 2018 we had a grant to boost the knowledge of E-Resources - something that has been invaluable to lots of library members and volunteers now in 2020 with Covid 19 social distancing and lockdown forcing lengthy closures - but we are still here and will be offering Order and Collect from Sept 2020, with much more to come!