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A new story for Ashton Library

Press Release: 11/03/2019

 
THE exciting first chapter of Ashton Library in the brand new Tameside One building was celebrated with magical morning of adventures, crafts and storytelling fun.
 
A Tameside Loves Reading party was held on Thursday 7 March – World Book Day -  to mark the official launch of the new library, which opened its doors to the public on 4 March as part of the flagship Vision Tameside development.
 
The new library offers state-of-the-art children’s facilities and access to 2.8million books from across Greater Manchester and thousands of digital publications. There are around 36,000 physical items to borrow plus 2,000 items for reference. It sits adjacent to the old Water Board building fa├žade, which has been retained to combine old with new in a light, airy and visually striking space.
 
The opening also celebrated the newly launched Tameside Loves Reading campaign - a three year programme of projects and activities in schools, libraries and the community to help improve reading and literacy skills in children and young people, helping them to be successful in their learning and in life.
 
The Tameside Loves Reading party, involved children’s crafts, magicians, characters and storytellingamong the activities to celebrate books, reading and all the fabulous services the new Ashton Library has to offer.
 
Tameside Council Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington, who attended the opening, said: “I’m thrilled to see the opening of the new library – not only is it offering the latest technology and services, it is also a welcoming and beautiful space which I think will be inspiring to library users and readers young and old.
 
“Reading brings together so many key human elements – from learning and pleasure to communication and bonding – and the new library is the perfect backdrop to celebrate this as part of our Tameside Loves Reading campaign.”

Tameside One, in Market Place, Ashton, is the first building of its kind to offer a host of customer service facilities under one roof. As well as the library there is Tameside Council’s Customer Services, Citizens Advice, Cash Box Credit Union and Jobcentre Plus, which are all now open.

It is also home to Tameside College’s Advanced Skills Centre, which will open later this month following an extensive fit out of the facilities. Wilko’s will also open new retail space at Tameside One later in the year.
The development will also house other Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and council services, bringing hundreds of new staff and students to Ashton town centre and boosting the town centre economy.

The old council administrative building was too large, no longer fit for purpose and expensive to run. Replacing it with a smaller, shared building – which also has the latest eneregy-saving technology – will reduce environmental impacts as well as saving tax payers money.

For further details on Ashton library and opening times www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries
You can find out more about the Tameside Loves Reading Campaign, including hints and hacks for reading with your children, at www.tameside.gov.uk/tamesidelovesreading
 
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