Author Andrew Cope officially opened Castle Donington Community Library and brought along the famous Spy Dog – the inspiration for his most successful series of children’s books.
He wished the library luck for the future and said he was pleased that it had been saved from funding cuts. And he praised the team of volunteers who are keeping it open.
As part of the official launch he cut a ribbon and sliced into a book-shaped cake before talking to children and adults attending the event.
Children were asked to design their own spy animal and Andy presented each entrant with a signed copy of one of his books, which also include the series Spy Cat, Spy Pup and Raccoon Rampage.
After the official opening library customers were treated to a buffet , drinks and slices of cake to celebrate the takeover from he county council.
Derby-born local author Andrew Cope will officially open the new Castle Donington Community Library at 12 noon on Saturday, July 9. The writer of the successful Spy Dog, Spy Pup, Spy Cat and Raccoon Rampage children’s books will cut a ribbon to mark the formal launch of the library under its new volunteer managers and team.
There will be an opportunity to meet Andrew, who is also behind the Art of Brilliance positive psychology books for adults. A selection of his works will be available for loan.
There will also be a competition for children with the chance to win a number of books from the Spy Dog series.
The opening also coincides with the Big Friendly Read summer book challenge for children aged 3 – 12.
Castle Donington Library is about to be transformed into Castle Donington Community Library. Starting on 22 June 2016 the control and day to day running of the library on Delven Lane will move from Leicestershire County Council Library Services to a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by volunteers from the local community. It is hoped that the take over will be seamless. Initially the opening hours and services will be unchanged. However the new library management committee hope, over time, to extend the opening hours and enhance the services and events offered. The first step will be to offer wireless high speed broadband.
The new community library is funded by grants from Leicestershire County Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Castle Donington Parish Council. Chris Hills, Vice-chairman of the Parish Council said: “The Parish Council was disappointed to learn that the library was under threat. We believe that it is important we help to protect local services, as such we have championed the formation of the volunteer run organisation and will do all we can to support it in the future. I believe that locally run services better address the needs of our community.” The new Community Library will be officially opened on 9 July by children’s author Andrew Cope. He has written books from the Spy Dog, Spy Pups and Spy Cat series.