Councillor John Rocky McGrath has today confirmed that thanks to the co-operation of Newport Community Centre, a room has now been made available for the establishment of a community library room in Newport town.
The Lowry Team councillor has thanked both the Community Centre and Thurles library who have agreed to make 1000 books available for the new facility.
Cllr McGrath said: “As a former chairman of Tipperary Libraries I have been fighting for a fully-fledged new library for Newport town for some time. Unfortunately, the funding for this project has not been forthcoming and as a result we have been looking at alternatives to provide a book loan service to the people of Newport town.
“Newport Community Centre has come on board with this project and has generously offered the use of a room in their facility. This will enable us to open a library room, run on a voluntary basis in the community centre. I would like to sincerely thank all involved with the community centre for their help in getting this project to its current stage.
“Futhermore, we have also secured over 1,000 books from Thurles library to stock our voluntary library in the community centre. There are a huge variety of books and no doubt there will be something to suit all tastes.
“This library room will be a valuable asset to the town of Newport. It will be a hugely beneficial facility for all of the children and schools in the town and I hope it will go some way towards advancing and promoting reading, and improving literacy levels. Now books will be readily and freely available to all in our town.
“We are currently working on shelving and awaiting the delivery of our books from Thurles. It is hoped that these will be completed soon and that the facility will open in the next fortnight. Anyone seeking any further information can contact me directly.”