|Wigan Children’s Library Opens In The Galleries
Cllr Sue Loudon and Cllr Brian Baldwin opening the new library in front of children from Mab’s Cross Primary.
WIGAN Children’s Library has been officially opened in the Galleries shopping centre.
The library has temporarily switched locations before it returns to its original setting as part of the new £63m Joint Service Centre set to transform the heart of Wigan town centre.
Facilities have jumped the short distance from Millgate into retail’s front line next to Argos in the Galleries.
On Wednesday Cllr Susan Loudon, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, and Cabinet member for Culture, Cllr Brian Baldwin, officially opened the new library with a little help from pupils at Mab’s Cross community primary school.
Cllr Baldwin said: “This is a splendid temporary home for a wonderful service and in a few years time it will move back to start a new era in a fantastic building.”
Wigan Children’s Library attracts more than 65,000 visitors each year with more than 2,500 books being issued every month.
Its new spot amongst the shops is already boosting those impressive figures.
Andrew Pickup, Children’s Library Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “We only opened Monday and we’ve already had more than a dozen new members join.
“It will definitely have an impact being based on retail’s front line.”
Regular events such as the weekly Baby Club, Under 5s storytimes and Saturday craft activities will continue to be run at the new site along with additional activities during the school holidays.
The new library is scheduled to be completed by 2011 and is part of the multi-million pound project – officially known as the Joint Service Centre (JSC) – which will create a state-of-the-art leisure, health and information complex including a new one stop shop for all public services.