Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
|The Library seen from outside the shopping centre.|
When I got off the bus in the West of the city, I was rather taken aback by Cruddas Park Shopping Centre which is where the local library is located. The dispiriting exterior of this small shopping mall does not suggest that the library which can be accessed through the mall is really rather pleasant.
The interior is warm and bright, the library assistants were very welcoming when I walked through the doors, there was a local history photo display and lots of information about the local area, there are plenty of comfortable chairs to sit on, sufficient computers and even a coffee machine.
Cruddas Park Library has received quite a lot of publicity concerning its proposed closure, in part, thanks to support from North East based, crime writer, Ann Cleeves. The library hosted a crime-themed event on National Libraries Day with both Ann Cleeves and Scottish crime writer, Val McDermid, in attendance. Let's hope that their support and the support of the local community can help avert the proposed closure.