New adventure for youngsters as library opens its doors in village

Storyteller at Chryston Library
Storyteller at Chryston Library

A NEW chapter has started for people of all ages – with the ribbon officially cut on a new library and cultural centre.

Popular storyteller Gerry Durkin kept over 50 Chryston Primary pupils enthralled with a musical storytelling session during a celebration event to mark the opening of Chryston Library.

The library, in Chryston Cultural Centre, is part of the new £23.3million Chryston High School campus – which opened to pupils in August this year.

Councillor Jim Logue, convener of learning and leisure services, did the honours.

He said: “I was delighted to see so many children enjoying the outstanding new facilities which the library now boasts.

“There have been many significant improvements for the whole community to enjoy.

“For example, there are now far more items available for people to borrow and the range of stock has increased.

“Free Internet access has also increased and there are eight computers now available, whereas there were only two in the previous one.

“In addition, the library now opens for seven-and-a-half hours longer than it previously did.

“And being part of the cultural centre allows people of all ages to easily combine visits for different activities.”

The event to mark the official opening of Chryston Cultural Centre – including the new library – took place on Tuesday, December 11.

Since August the community cultural centre has welcomed 7,888 people as part of various events which have taken place in the centre.

Those have included dog obedience and training, senior citizens events, and toddlers and out-of-school care activities.

The new library has had an increase in stock by 3,000 items to over 10,000 – including the introduction of computer games and a wider selection of DVDs for hire.

Chryston Library features a self-service issue system which allows customers to borrow or return books independently. The opening hours are now 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with an additional evening opening of 5pm-7pm on Thursdays.

In addition to the cultural centre and library, the new Chryston campus will soon include a community sports hub, boasting a top-of-the-range 3g sports pitch, which is scheduled to be ready in early 2013.

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