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Gateshead Council's library service is continuing to provide crucial support across the borough by producing visors to help protect care workers. 

Libraries across Gateshead closed last month to help prevent the spread of coronavirus however, using some of the latest technology, library staff are now helping other Council services by printing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said "This is another great example of how our library staff continue to help others despite our buildings being closed. Our care workers are going above and beyond to help those most in need and we need to do everything we can to help protect them in the best possible way.

"If anyone has the equipment and skills to print these safety visors then please contact our library service. Together we can help support our frontline staff in the fight against coronavirus."

Darren and his son Ben are the first of the libraries volunteers to start printing PPE. Darren said "I offered to help because in this time of need we need to think of others and the great work frontline workers are doing for us."

To get involved email libraries@gateshead.gov.uk or send a direct message to Gateshead Libraries on Facebook or Twitter. Volunteers will be sent the stl file and the Council will arrange for the visors to be collected.

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