Volunteers celebrate successful first year of Hope Community Library


Owen Evans

A community was out in force to celebrate a successful first year of a community library.

People descended on Hope Community Library on Saturday, based at Castell Alun High School, to mark one year since it was taken over by the community.

Kate Williams, secretary of the Friends of Hope Community Library, said: “It went really well.

“It was very well attended and it was loads of fun.

“Everything went as best as could be expected and we had lots of new faces and new registrations for the library.

“We had a magician which helped draw a lot of people in.”

Kate said she was delighted the group had marked one year since starting the community-run project.

She said: “It started off slowly but it is gaining more momentum now and people are becoming more interested and aware that it is open.

”There are different things happening and the volunteers have done a great job. It is a huge team effort.”

Kate added: “It is looking good for the future and we’re hoping to continue to do things like this event to get people in.

“We’re now open on Saturday mornings – and that is going really well.

“A lot of work has gone into it but we have been really lucky to have so many enthusiastic volunteers. Everyone has helped and it has paid off.

“It is a great asset and we’re hoping that it is going to go from strength to strength.”

The next event at the library will take place on Saturday, where CPR sessions will be held between 10am and noon with Alison Dunlop.

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