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Monday 17 December 2018

READERS PARADISE AT NEW LIBRARY

NEW GOREY LIBRARY OPENS THIS WEEK AFTER WAIT OF TEN YEARS

FINTAN LAMBE

AFTER MORE THAN a decade of planning, Gorey's new public library will finally open its doors to local readers today, Tuesday, at 10.30 a.m.

The 7,500 sq.ft. facility at Gorey Civic Square, with over 41,000 books, CDs and DVDs available for borrowing, will be a quantum leap forward from what has gone before.

County Librarian Fionnuala Hanrahan said that the library will double its opening hours to accommodate what is hoped will be an increase in demand for the service. The old library opened for 23 hours a week, and the new facility with its expanded team of five, will open for 48 hours each week.

' We have a fantastic selection of books, music CDs, graphic novels and DVDs,' said Fionnuala. ' We've a wonderful children's selection as well. We've been buying for this library for ten years. It's a superb library.'

There are also books on CD, talking books, and large print material. There's also a range of Irish interest material, from history to architecture, fiction, crafts and gardening.

For the first time, Wexford libraries are launching a collection of graphic and manga novels in Gorey, which includes everything from comic book Shakespeare to X-men. The DVD collection offers literary and foreign language films as well as documentaries, teach yourself DVDs, and some favourite oldies.

The IT suite at the library includes twelve PCs, and individuals can book in an hour at a time. Group learning workshops on computer literacy etc. will also be held.

Gorey Library currently has over 4,000 members, and new members are most welcome.

Membership is free, and people can borrow up to ten items for three weeks, and this can be extended if no-one else is looking for the books. Books can also be renewed online.

The library will also have daily newspapers and a good selection of magazines, as well as Wifi. Talks, workshops and exhibits will also be organised. Two meeting rooms near the lobby will be shared with the County Council offices which are also located in the building.

' We have nothing but the best for the people of Gorey,' said Fionnuala. ' We've been waiting long enough for it. Everything in Gorey is new.'

' This is a big day for Gorey,' she added. 'I think people will be delighted with their library. People will feel it's been worth waiting for.'

The spacious new library itself is 5,280 sq.ft., in size and with the meeting rooms and lobby area, it's almost 7,500 sq. ft. Facilities include soft furnishings for relaxing, and study spaces for adults and children.

Joining existing librarians, Barbara Nolan, Josephine Leacy and Martina Halford, are senior librarian Hazel Percival and Yvonne Smith.

The new facility will open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. with late opening to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays

and Thursdays. It is open for lunch daily, except for Mondays and Saturdays when it closes between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. It also closes on Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends. All are welcome in to browse around. The library is the final facility to open at the Civic Square. The VEC, HSE, Court, and County Council offices have already opened. Parking is currently limited in the area, but work is ongoing on a car park to the front of the site. A public urban park is also planned at the site. AFTER MORE THAN a decade of planning, Gorey's new public library will finally open its doors to local readers today, Tuesday, at 10.30 a.m.

The 7,500 sq.ft. facility at Gorey Civic Square, with over 41,000 books, CDs and DVDs available for borrowing, will be a quantum leap forward from what has gone before.

County Librarian Fionnuala Hanrahan said that the library will double its opening hours to accommodate what is hoped will be an increase in demand for the service. The old library opened for 23 hours a week, and the new facility with its expanded team of five, will open for 48 hours each week.

' We have a fantastic selection of books, music CDs, graphic novels and DVDs,' said Fionnuala. ' We've a wonderful children's selection as well. We've been buying for this library for ten years. It's a superb library.'

There are also books on CD, talking books, and large print material. There's also a range of Irish interest material, from history to architecture, fiction, crafts and gardening.

For the first time, Wexford libraries are launching a collection of graphic and manga novels in Gorey, which includes everything from comic book Shakespeare to X-men. The DVD collection offers literary and foreign language films as well as documentaries, teach yourself DVDs, and some favourite oldies.

The IT suite at the library includes twelve PCs, and individuals can book in an hour at a time. Group learning workshops on computer literacy etc. will also be held.

Gorey Library currently has over 4,000 members, and new members are most welcome.

Membership is free, and people can borrow up to ten items for three weeks, and this can be extended if no-one else is looking for the books. Books can also be renewed online.

The library will also have daily newspapers and a good selection of magazines, as well as Wifi. Talks, workshops and exhibits will also be organised. Two meeting rooms near the lobby will be shared with the County Council offices which are also located in the building.

' We have nothing but the best for the people of Gorey,' said Fionnuala. ' We've been waiting long enough for it. Everything in Gorey is new.'

' This is a big day for Gorey,' she added. 'I think people will be delighted with their library. People will feel it's been worth waiting for.'

The spacious new library itself is 5,280 sq.ft., in size and with the meeting rooms and lobby area, it's almost 7,500 sq. ft. Facilities include soft furnishings for relaxing, and study spaces for adults and children.

Joining existing librarians, Barbara Nolan, Josephine Leacy and Martina Halford, are senior librarian Hazel Percival and Yvonne Smith.

The new facility will open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. with late opening to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays

and Thursdays. It is open for lunch daily, except for Mondays and Saturdays when it closes between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. It also closes on Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends. All are welcome in to browse around. The library is the final facility to open at the Civic Square. The VEC, HSE, Court, and County Council offices have already opened. Parking is currently limited in the area, but work is ongoing on a car park to the front of the site. A public urban park is also planned at the site.

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