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Felixstowe children enjoying new library facilities

Thanks to the Friends of Felixstowe Library and local organisations, children in Felixstowe have been enjoying brand new library facilities which were installed during lockdown.

The project to refurbish the well-used area at the library was driven by the Friends group with lots of support from many organisations and businesses in the community. The new facilities have transformed the children’s area with new bright and colourful furniture including a hideaway den, new flooring, shelving and storage, with seaside decorations. The new facilities can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

The new area has already been very popular since libraries opened up more fully in recent months, with around 250 children signing up to the Summer Reading Challenge at Felixstowe Library.

Sarah Wilson, Chair of the Friends of Felixstowe Library said:

“The Friends of Felixstowe Library have been delighted with the results of this project and we’ve been overwhelmed by the wonderful response to our appeal. We’re very grateful to Felixstowe Town Council, the Felixstowe Peninsular Community Partnership, County Councillor Graham Newman, East Suffolk District Councillor Tracey Green, Suffolk Libraries, the Port Community Fund and East of England Co-Op.”

Steph Merrett, Felixstowe Library Manager, added:

“It was really exciting to see the new facilities being installed and now being used by so many children. Children particularly enjoy the 'starlight hideaway' and the beach hut reading den.”

The new children’s library area will be officially opened on Saturday 11 September by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Councillor Mark Jepson. All the funders have been invited to see the new facilities in use.

A newly-installed children's reading corner at Felixstowe library
The new children's corner at the library
Two children in the reading nook holding Summer Reading Challenge certificates
Two happy winners of this year's Summer Reading Challenge