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Libraries' warm welcome saluted in national awards scheme

​​​​​​​Valuable work by Swansea Council's library service is in line for a national prize.

Libraries Staff

Libraries Staff

Judges in the Libraries Connected Awards are impressed by how Swansea Central Library has become a place of sanctuary, welcoming new people settling in and near the city.

Council cabinet member Elliott King said: "Central Library offers a warm welcome to everybody, including those coming here to live for a variety of reasons. It complements Swansea's status as a City of Sanctuary."

Libraries Connected is a charity that represents the public library sector. Its awards celebrate the achievements of library workers.

Swansea Libraries Service principal librarian Bethan Lee, programme and events officer Jennifer Dorrian and library assistant Zoe Thomas are shortlisted in the scheme's culture and creativity category.

They are said to have shown initiative to create activities and develop resources to enable the central library to demonstrate that it's a library of sanctuary.

Award winners will be announced soon.

Isobel Hunter MBE, chief executive of Libraries Connected, said: "We received a record number of awards nominations so it's fantastic to have made it this far."

Photo: Jennifer, Bethan and Zoe.

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