Line up for library & coffee shop launch day

posted 12 Apr 2013, 06:41 by Rochdale TC

Further details have been confirmed for the public launch of the new Rochdale Central Library on Saturday 27 April.

The Mayor, Councillor James Gartside will officially open the flagship library on Smith Street at 10.30am to kick start a day of free fun activities.

There will be performances and talks from three guest authors, and at lunchtime Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas will call in to say hello and open the buildings ‘Bean’ Coffee Shop.

North West Crime Writer Nick Oldham, author of 15 highly regarded novels featuring DCI Henry Christie will be talking about his life and work.

Top television and radio poet Craig Bradley will be performing one of his funny and inspiring workshops.  The former stand up comic and chef has a phenomenal reputation as one of the countries best poetry performers who apparently you need to see to believe!

Completing the literary line up is children’s author Tommy Donbavand, the man behind the 13-book Scream Street series and the latest Doctor Who title ‘Shroud of Sorrow’. He’ll be performing his ‘Giant Crabs Ate My Brain!’ show which is suitable for everyone aged 6 to 60, so bring the family!

The day’s events will be presented by Norman Warwick of ‘Just Poets’.

Based on the ground floor of the Number One Riverside building the new library features an extensive range of books, including large-print and audio formats, a children’s library, reading area, newspapers and magazines, plus computers with free internet access.  It also has free Wi-fi and boasts the Maskew Collection of English Literature & Philosophy titles.  There are meeting and conference rooms available for community use and council information points for residents wanting any help or advice.

On the launch Saturday there’ll also be taster sessions so you can try out the new computers for youself, and guided tours of the impressive facilities.

Ryan Thomas who plays builder Jason Grimshaw in ITV1s Coronation Street will be calling in at 1pm to open the new ‘Bean Coffee Shop located within the library which will be offering specialty coffees, breakfasts, lunches, snacks plus hot and cold drinks all day. The popular young actor has been involved in some explosive storylines on the cobbles recently following his controversial relationship with the Rovers Return landlady.

The library is part of major town centre regeneration, with multi-use Number One Riverside also housing the council, plus space for other organisations and private businesses.  Consolidating numerous buildings into one modern, low energy building is set to save the authority £1 million a year in running costs.

The Mayor, Councillor James Gartside said there really will be something for everyone:

“We have put together a fantastic programme of free activities to mark the launch of this fabulous library. We all want this brand new library to be a community hub, somewhere all residents can make use of, whether it's for books, study space, the free use of computers or to hold community meetings and events. This launch Saturday is the perfect excuse to come and have a good look around.”

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