BOOKWORMS in Southam will be delighted now the town’s new library is open for business.
The purpose-built facility was officially launched by NAO the humanoid robot and guests were able to enjoy a host of activities including a live performance from Warwickshire’s new Young Poet Laureate, Harry Jenkins.
Among the first to see the new facilities were Warwickshire County Council leader, Izzi Seccombe and Kenilworth and Southam MP, Jeremy Wright.
He said: “This is a huge achievement and the building is at the heart of the community for everyone – from the very youngest to the very oldest.”
Coun Seccombe added: “Southam has an incredibly strong community spirit, without which none of this would have been possible.
“I am particularly proud to see the library return to the heart of the community – exactly where it belongs.”
Southam’s original library occupied a large plot of land in the centre of the town but after it was identified as being suitable for reinvigoration, Orbit Homes developed the site.
It is now made up of the new library at Tithe Place and Tithe Lodge – a scheme of 75 apartments designed for those over the age of 55.
Residential communal facilities, a lounge, and a games room have been created alongside a neighbourhood police office, and a restaurant, which is open to the wider community.
Coun John Appleton said: “The new library is a welcome addition to Southam and I am delighted so many people are already making the most of it.”