New chapter for Chirk Library


By Emily Davies

STAFF and residents in Chirk were settling into their new temporary library last week as the current facility undergoes a £120,000 transformation.

The ‘miniature’ library in the Parish Hall opened earlier this month following an offer by Chirk Town Council in an attempt to retain the well-used service.

Library Assistant, Carolyn Meredith, pictured, said library users had welcomed the temporary home.

She commented: “We are surprised at how busy it has been. We like it and customers have told us what we have got is a good solution.

“We have brought over a large selection of books – we are still managing to host story time on a Friday,” she added.

Mrs Meredith added that the book stock would be rotated over the coming weeks and normal library opening hours still applied.

The main site on Chapel Lane is one of eight across Wales that will be revamped in a project funded by the Welsh Government aimed at increasing library use and learning. Part of the transformation will include the creation of a cultural hub with flexible activity space, a specially designed children’s library, exhibition area, improvements in library stock and equipment, and a garden area at the rear of the building.

Chairman of Chirk Town Council, Jackie Allen, welcomed the new tenants, commenting: “It is only a short-term home, but it is nice the facility will still be available for the people of Chirk and hopefully when the main library returns it will be totally refurbished.”

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