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A stunning piece of art will help draw people into a village library before a new chapter begins for the popular facility.

Lennoxtown has been selected as one of five libraries across the country to benefit from a new permanent artwork as part of Book Week Scotland 2014.

The aim of the new artworks is to make libraries more visible in their own communities and to raise awareness of them as important assets for local people to enjoy.

Arts development and libraries employees at East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust successfully bid to be part of the special scheme.

The work will be created by Glasgow-based artist Bobby Sayers - inspired by ‘Dear Library’, a poem written by best-selling Scottish author and playwright Jackie Kay as part of Book Week Scotland?s Love Your Library! campaign.

The intention is that the permanent piece will move with the library when the proposed new Lennoxtown Hub opens.

The acclaimed artist said: “I?m very excited about this project as I feel this library deserves positive attention as it is such an important hub of activity in Lennoxtown.

“I will be producing an artwork for Lennoxtown Library that will bring the inside out, focusing on small, under-valued elements of the library and highlighting them, giving them the value they deserve; much like the library itself.”

The Lennoxtown Library artwork will be unveiled on Thursday 27 November.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, sai: “I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid to be part of the project.

“I am sure the finished work will be an inspirational addition to Lennoxtown Library and I’m particularly pleased that it will move with the library when the proposed Lennoxtown Hub opens.”

Scott Hill, Chair of EDLC Trust, said, “Congratulations to arts development and libraries staff for their hard work to secure this prestigious honour.

“Lennoxtown’s artwork will focus on the ‘young people’ section of the poem and we have arranged two participatory workshops with local youngsters and regular users.”

Jackie Kay’s poem ‘Dear Library’ highlights the important role that libraries can play at every stage of an individual?s life, from childhood to old age.

The other four artworks will be launched throughout Book Week Scotland in Musselburgh, Saltcoats, Edinburgh and Shetland.

Sophie Moxon, Deputy CEO of Scottish Book Trust, the organisation delivering Book Week Scotland, said: “Following the success of our Reading

Murals project in 2013, we are delighted to be unveiling five original artworks by young artists in libraries across the country for Book Week

Scotland 2014.

“Jackie Kay’s ‘Dear Library’ beautifully illustrates the knowledge, inspiration and comfort that libraries can provide for people of all ages,and we hope the artworks will too.”

Book Week Scotland 2014 takes place from 24-30 November. There will be a range of events in libraries across East Dunbartonshire, including author visits, children?s events and book giveaways.

Check www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk and www.edlc.co.uk for more information.