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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.
Unfortunately the headline “Library re-furbishment a hit” doesnot relate to Pennard Library (although it should!) but rather it relates to an article in the Swansea Leader: Newspaper of the City and County of Swansea; Issue 90 March 2014 (page 7) and to the “£345,000 upgrade” to Morriston Library!
The article goes on to state that the library “has been re-opened after an upgrade that’s included the installation of free WiFi, the remodelling of the IT suite and a large injection of new stock.”
“A new community room also forms part of the refurbishment works as well as shelving and the removal of internal partitions to give more space. Other features include new signs and better lighting to improve access and visibility”