CHILDREN’S reading has soared in popularity in Morriston so far this year.
Figures show children’s issues at the community library on Treharne Road have risen by 83 per cent since the building was reopened in early January, after an upgrade.
Peppa Pig and the Big Train by Neville Astley, Terrifying Tudors by Terry Deary and The Royal Nappy by Nicholas Allan have been among the most issued books.
The £345,000 upgrade included the introduction of brighter colours and specially-fitted areas for children to encourage reading. Free wifi was also installed, the IT suite was remodelled and a new community room was put in place.
The works were funded by CyMAL (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales) after Swansea Council successfully bid for funding from the Welsh Government. The Council also contributed to the upgrade.
Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Libraries are vital resources for the communities they serve, especially in these difficult financial times because they provide many services for free that may otherwise be too pricey for people to enjoy.
“The upgrade at Morriston Library followed similar revamps at several other libraries across the city. Where external funding is available, we’re undertaking as much work of this type as possible to ensure our libraries meet the needs of 21st century visitors.
“It’s enormously encouraging to see the impact the reopening of Morriston Library has had on children’s reading there. I hope this trend will soon be mirrored in communities across the city because reading is a key life skill.”
Some of the other most popular reads at Morriston Library so far this year have included The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson, This Little Monkey by Lucy Lyes and Maisy Goes to Nursery by Lucy Cousins.