Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Library on the move

Brotton library will be turning over a new leaf when the brand new facility opens within the new Freebrough Specialist Engineering College in the New Year.

There may be a few tears when the existing library in Brotton High Street closes for the last time on Saturday, December 16 but it will be cheers all the way when the new library opens its doors on the first school day at Freebrough on Monday, January 8.

There will be longer opening hours at the new library, and, in an innovative move, the library service will be providing services to pupils as well as the public.

Redcar & Cleveland Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism Councillor Dave Fitzpatrick said: "We are very confident that library users will be delighted with their fantastic new library.

"Not only will it be providing better facilities for local people but it will also be open for longer. We hope that people will come along and see for themselves what a tremendous improvement it is."

The staff, too, are looking forward to the move. Librarian Diane Lonsdale said: "We're all really excited at the prospect and can't wait to open the new library.

"We're looking forward to the opportunities to get move involved with the young people in Brotton, but we have also been working hard to encourage our existing users to come and have a look - we're sure they will be as impressed as we are with it."

The 3,000 leaflets informing borrowers of the imminent move also explain that bus services X3 and X4 stop close to the new library entrance.

Advice is also given for Brotton borrowers for the gap between the old library closing and the new library opening, with the chance of taking out extra books, while renewals can be made by phoning any Borough library or going on to the libraries web page, through www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/libraries.

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