Librarians are getting ready to move back into the extended Grangetown hub building after it was handed back by developers.
Work on the furniture, fixtures and fittings starts on Monday, ready for the library to re-open after Christmas. The library was closed in February to allow a new community room to be added onto it and the building has been remodelled as a community hub.
The hub is set to open to the public on Monday 11th January. As well as the usual library service and activities, there will be advice and learning sessions and a coffee shop.
This is what the colour scheme looks like inside
The library hopes to have full details of events and the programme soon. The community room will be available for use in the evenings.
The good news is, the library will be open again on Fridays, after hours were curtailed last year. It will be open:
- Monday and Tuesday 9am until 6pm
- Wednesday 10am until 7pm
- Thursday & Friday 9am until 6pm
- Saturday 9am until 5.30pm
The library is also looking for volunteers to work with hub users and/or the Communities First team. More than 90 local people registered an interest in helping out during the original hub consultaion.
Anyone who wants more information please contact Naima Abdi on 2053 7411 or email NAbdi@cardiff.gov.uk.
The new services will include benefits and Into Work advice, free-phones to contact council services, as well as Citizens Advice and Communities First. Grangetown Community Action will also have a presence.
Meanwhile, Sian (pictured second from the right) who worked at Grangetown Library for 11 and a half years prior to it closing for renovation, has decided to transfer to the Ely and Caerau Library Hub so she can be closer to home. She said: “I’m really going to miss Grangetown. I have loved working there and was looking forward to coming back. However the chance to work in the community I am from was an exciting opportunity for me. I would like to thank everybody in Grangetown for all their support throughout my time there, I will miss you all. And if you’re ever in Ely, pop in the Hub and say hello!”
However, Sian is not severing all ties with Grangetown—she will continue editing Grange News. She added: “I am so happy to still be involved with the Grange Community News, it will give me a chance to keep in touch with everything going on in Grangetown!”
The long-running paper is set for some exciting changes in 2016 – watch this space!