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Opening of new Glossop Library

Local youngsters and their families were out in force to witness the grand opening of the new Derbyshire County Council library in Glossop.

Council chairman Councillor George Wharmby presided over the ceremony along with Cabinet Member for Adult Care, Councillor Jean Wharmby. Children and other library users joined them at the event on Thursday May 31.

BBC children’s television presenter Ben Cajee delighted local children as the special guest at the opening of the £2m library. The CBeebies presenter met families and read stories to the children gathered there.

Ben Cajee

The new library, in Talbot Street, is a two-storey extension attached to and located partly within the county council’s adult education building. The existing entrance and reception will be used by both the library and the adult education service. It replaces the town’s former library in Victoria Hall, which is closed in April.

Councillor George Wharmby said: “This new building has transformed our idea of what a library can be. A lot of thought has gone into it – with areas for children, teenagers, study areas and new computers. It is bright and airy. Thanks to all the staff who have worked so hard to make it happen.''

Councillor Jean Wharmby said: “This will be the focal point for the whole community. A new library in Glossop demonstrates the county council’s commitment to a strong library service.”

Ben Cajee said: “It was a treat to be invited to Glossop library and spend time with children and families. We played games, read stories and even made up our own story. The library looks amazing and I’m sure it will be well loved.''