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Library lights up with special sensory area


Cirencester Library will be lighting up the life of local children from April when a new sensory area, full of lighting, toys and other fun items, is created.

The area will be available for all children and their parents to use. The space will use lighting, toys and equipment to improve children’s communication skills. It will also support and encourage reading skills by giving them somewhere fun to learn.

It is hoped the space will be especially valuable for children who have limited communication skills.

The new area will be created from Wednesday 29th - Thursday 30th March and on these two days the children’s area will be closed although a small selection of children’s books will be made available in the main part of the library. Books and other items can be returned as usual.

Customers are asked to note that during these two days there will be intermittent noise throughout the library from the work to install the area.

Cllr Joe Harris, county councillor for Cirencester Park, said: “I am really pleased that our children, young people and families will benefit from this new equipment at Cirencester Library.

“Our library is one of the best facilities in Gloucestershire and this will only serve to make it better. Helping children learn to read and building their communications from an early age is vital in giving them the foundations they need in order to thrive later on in life. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it looks.”

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve our libraries and I am happy that this work is about to start.”

“Cirencester Library is very popular and I know that the new area for children will look great. I look forward to visiting the library in the near future and seeing this fantastic new space in use.”

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