Community library will open with a splash in St Athan

By Contributed Item in Local People

Volunteers who will run St Athan Library from now on are holding an open day – with a number of published authors as guests.

The St Athan Community Hub and Library (SACHaL) will hold their grand launch between 11am and 5pm on Saturday, April 1, in St Athan library and the Old School Community Centre next door. SACHaL will run the library in partnership with the Vale Council.

The day will focus on community togetherness with many local organisations showcasing their activities and taking stalls.

For the event, five published children’s and young people’s authors will read to groups of village children in a series of half-hour sessions.

The writers are: Wendy Hobbs (author of the Claudia Quosh stories), Anthony Lavisher (author of the Storm sequence of fantasy novels), Michelle Briscombe (author of Silent Mountain and The House on March Lane) and Phil Carradice (author of Hannah’s War and around 20 other books).

BBC Wales television presenter Lucy Owen, her husband Rhodri, and their son, will also be performing family readings in English and in Welsh from Lucy’s new children’s book Boo-a-bog in the Park.

Wendy Hobbs said:?“l am looking forward to meeting the children and reading, The Spell of Pencliff and Claudia’s Special Wish, magical adventures for all ages!”

St Athan-based Phil Carradice will be Master of Ceremonies for the day.

A new library sign bearing the winning logo designed in a competition at St Athan Primary School will be unveiled. The winner and runner-up will receive prizes and the winner will unveil the sign.

The school’s headteacher, Louise Haynes, said: “The library is an integral part of our school with regular visits by the children. We have also enjoyed assemblies by the library staff and getting involved in events they arrange.

“Teaching our children the value of attending libraries is a very important to us at St Athan Primary.”

The Primary School Choir will sing and the RAF Voluntary Junior Band will play. There will also be music from two Welsh harpists from St Athan: Eleanor MacNamara and Gwenda Firzpatrick.

In addition there will be games, community information stands, and an exhibition from the St Athan Local History Group.

The Women’s Institute will provide refreshments, raising funds in aid of their own work in the community.

Graham Mallaghan, the chair of trustees of SACHaL, said: “St Athan Library has long been a much-loved resource at the heart of our community.

“On April 1 we want to show all the residents that this relationship will grow stronger, now that the library has passed into the people’s hands.”

SACHaL also enjoys the support of veteran BBC broadcaster and historical novelist Mari Griffith (who can’t be with the on launch day).

Mari, who is based in Llantwit Major, said: “I think it’s wonderful that like-minded friends are prepared to work so hard to keep the St. Athan Library open and you are all to be warmly congratulated.”

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