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New chapter beckons for town's reopened library
AFTER three years in the making, the new and improved Pershore Library has reopened to the public following a £500,000 facelift.
The refurbished community building, which now also houses the library and visitor information centre, was officially opened by Pershore mayor Charles Tucker and chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Gordon Yarranton, on Monday.
It now boasts features including a new conference suite, enhanced computer suite, reading room, children’s and teen area and a display area for local artists.
The library has been operating from Pershore Town Hall since April while the building in Church Street was upgraded and extended by Welsh contractor Oakleys.
Pershore Town Council bought the library building from Worcestershire County Council in December 2011 after it was proposed the service was moved out of the town centre to the civic centre on Queen Elizabeth Drive to save money.
Coun Tucker said: “We’re very pleased by the way the project has worked out. We feel we have made a building that was tired and showing its age into an example of what’s best in the 21st century.”
Town councillor Chris Parsons said it was a great day for Pershore. “Three years ago we heard the library was going to move to the civic centre,” he said.
“There was a quite a strong feeling in Pershore that people wanted the library to remain in the town centre.
“The library that was going to disappear from the town centre is here in all its glory and much, much improved to that of 38 years ago.”
Emma Powell, library manager, said: “It’s a completely different type of space already.
It’s a fantastic facility for the Pershore community.”
Ruth Foster, county council literacy and reading manager, said: “It’s given us a lot more opportunity to develop the service for the future.
We’re really proud of it.”
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