A YOUNG girl has taken to social media to ask people to help her save Hockley Library.

Freya Carlyon, eight, who attends Hockley Primary School, has asked residents to record their own video to show support for the library, using the hashtag #SaveHockleyLibrary.

Megan Hemmings and Carla Vaughan, petitioners to save the library, visited Hockley Primary School on January 18, to explain the importance of libraries and how the children could help save the library.

They have also hosted assemblies at other schools, including Plumberow Primary Academy, to spread the message.

The children were set a challenge of writing letters to Susan Barker, Essex county councillor responsible for libraries, asking her to reconsider the proposal to have the library run by volunteers from the community.

Megan said: “Freya and her family made that video and shared online in a local Hockley Facebook group and I think it’s so wonderful and poignant.

“We want to encourage children’s love of literacy and develop their skills yet closing our library would have the opposite effect. It’s vital they stay open for all Members of our community.”

To join the campaign, use the hashtag #SaveHockleyLibrary or sign the petition here.