Village library set for an art attack

Lennoxtown Library
Lennoxtown Library

A village library has bean selected ahead of rivals from all over Scotland to benefit from a new artwork as part of Book Week.

Lennoxtown has been chosen as one of just five libraries across the country to receive one of the specially-commissioned pieces.

The aim 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 library employees at East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust successfully bid to be part of the scheme.

The work will be created by Glasgow 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, which will be unveiled on Thursday, November 27, 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.”

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

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