Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, last week attended the Grand Day of Celebration and Re-Launch of Theale Library. Mr Sharma was delighted to attend the celebrations along with esteemed children’s author Holly Webb.
In 2016, Mr Sharma worked closely with Theale Parish Council to make representations to West Berkshire Council when Theale Library was under the threat of closure. Mr Sharma was thrilled to see that the library has not only been saved but updated.
The day of celebrations included entertainment provided by Theale Church of England Primary School, Bradfield Church of England Primary School and Calcot Junior School.
The library facilities now include refreshments for patrons, a relaxation area with newspapers, magazines, games, jigsaws, toys and colouring for children. Additionally, there is now a private study space with eight computers that can be used free of charge, as well as a photocopying and scanning machine.
Alok Sharma said: “I was delighted to join in the Grand Day of Celebrations for the re-launch of Theale Library. It is a fantastic service for my constituents and I would encourage all my constituents local to Theale Library to pay a visit!”
Paul James, the Culture and Libraries Manager for West Berkshire Council said: “Theale library does a fantastic job for everyone in and around Theale. We had 17,000 visitors to the library between April and September and we get great feedback from the public, not just about the traditional library services such as our massive stock of books, but also because it’s a safe place to visit where people can get advice and access a range of information online and participate in regular clubs, groups and activities such as the Summer Reading Challenge. Support your local library. It’s free and full of wondrous things and lovely people!”
Photo: Alok Sharma MP, children’s author Holly Webb and Councillor Quentin Webb at the re-launch of Theale Library