Published: 11/04/2014 14:58 - Updated: 11/04/2014 10:21

New chapter for Hopeman library

Library campaigner Vivien Hendry.
Library campaigner Vivien Hendry.

A NEW community-led library will open in a Moray village tomorrow (Saturday). 

Books, shelves and other items have been donated by businesses and local individuals for the Hopeman Community Library and Hub, and a committee has been formed to organise the volunteer-run libary, which will initially be open to the public three times a week.

Hopeman Library was one of four in Moray that closed late last year as a result of budget cuts, despite community opposition. The others were in Rothes, Portknockie and Findochty. Moray Council had earlier backtracked on its plans to close the libraries in Burghead, Cullen and Dufftown.

Scottish author Lari Don will be in Hopeman for tomorrow’s official opening at Hopeman Memorial Hall. She will run a number of sessions for different age groups, starting at 1pm with a workshop for three to seven-year-olds called ‘Picture Books and Noisy Stories’.  From 2.15pm, there will be a session for seven to 12-year-olds on Ms Don’s ‘Fabled Beast’ series.

Youngsters aged 11 and over will be entertained from 2.45pm, when Ms Don discusses her latest book, ‘Mind Blind’, described as a thriller for teenagers. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon, and there will be various stalls and a raffle.

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