Old li­brary in for a new look

Bray People - - Greystones Library Closes For Refurbishments -

THERE WAS an air of ex­pec­ta­tion at Grey­stones Li­brary last Satur­day as staff shut up shop for the last time be­fore ma­jor ren­o­va­tions are made to the build­ing.

It was a sad day for some reg­u­lar users, who will miss beloved li­brar­ian Eibh­lin ni Dhon­n­chadh af­ter her re­tire­ment.

Eibh­lin served her fi­nal day on Satur­day and will be best re­mem­bered for all the fan­tas­tic arts and crafts work­shops she ran in Grey­stones.

The last bor­rower on the day was Eileen Good­win, who took out a book by Penny Vin­cenzi. Not long be­fore her was Gerry Fal­lon, who has been a mem­ber since 1939 at the ten­der age of 7.

He and his cousin made an at­tempt to join-up the pre­vi­ous year but were turned away by a stern li­brar­ian as they were only 6 and not old enough to be mem­bers.

A tem­po­rary li­brary will be open by Fe­bru­ary 16 at the new Grey­stones com­mu­nity cen­tre and swim­ming pool on Mill Road.

New tem­po­rary li­brary hours are ex­pected to be M o n d a y, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm, Tues­day and Thurs­day open un­til 8 p.m.

IT fa­cil­i­ties, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines will be avail­able to the pub­lic.

The new li­brary will in­clude a 130 square me­tre ex­ten­sion at the back with a study area, IT area, and re­lax­ing area.

Nat­u­ral light will play a ma­jor part in the project with a sea view and an area ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of the LaTouche fam­ily.

Gerry Fal­lon, who has been a mem­ber since 1939, takes out his last book be­fore the re­fur­bish­ment.

Billy Ka­vanagh checks out an An­thony Hor­rowitz book.

Li­brar­i­ans Mary Mur­phy, Ann Phe­lan and Eibh­lin ni Dhon­n­chadha lock the door for the last time.

Molly the dog waits pa­tiently for her owner to come out

Mary and Sean Duff are the last mem­bers to leave the li­brary.

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