27 March 2014
Carmarthen’s newly refurbished library opened its doors to around 1,300 people on its first day.
The official opening by Carmarthenshire’s leisure executive board member Cllr Meryl Gravell was celebrated with a bagpipe player, Superbook and Richmond Park School Choir.
The first 100 people through the doors qualified for a free CD or DVD, and free tea and coffee was provided throughout the day.
It followed a £55,000 investment in the library which included self service RFID machines with hundreds of new books, DVDs and CDs available, along with free access to an online newsstand.
A new e-zine service allows users to view a collection of popular digital magazines titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines that can be downloaded.
The opening is being followed by a series of events throughout this week, including talks from authors; story time for toddlers, a family history demonstration, visits from local schools and a presentation on E-books and E-zines.
Caterpillar Music will visit on Thursday morning with songs, puppets and activities for babies and young children, and a treasure hunt will run throughout the week.
Cllr Gravell said: “It was a really successful opening day with around 1,300 people visiting the library.
“I hope they will continue to be regular visitors as the library has something for everyone from toddlers storytime to IT training and book clubs.
“It’s not just about traditional book lending, although that remains popular, but libraries now offer a vast range of services including e-books which are increasingly in demand and a selection of events for all ages.”
Carmarthenshire’s libraries also offer homework clubs, free internet access, iPad training and the first theory test for GoCitizen.co.uk.
Mark Jewell Library Services Manager said:” These are exciting new additions, adding to the already vast range of services available.”