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Stuart Maconie Explores Golborne Library
Monday 4th April, 2005

Stuart Maconie Explores Golborne Library
Jacqui Boardman (Chair of WLCT), Stuart Maconie (writer/broadcaster) and The Mayor of Wigan

Wigan Leisure Culture Trust’s new vision for libraries officially launched.

This Saturday saw Golborne Library officially re-opened by Wigan writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, the Mayor of Wigan and Chair of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) Jacqui Boardman following a £60,000 investment. The Library was a hive of activity Saturday afternoon with over one hundred people of all ages invited to enjoy the new Explore concept that will eventually be introduced to all libraries in the borough.

Special guest Stuart Maconie said he was honoured to officially launch a new era for Wigan’s libraries. “One of my favourite lyrics is the Manic Street Preachers’ ‘libraries gave us power’ from A Design For Life, so I’m obviously very, very proud to be asked here today,” remarked Stuart. “As a child I grew up in Wigan’s libraries and they played a key role in my education. Back then libraries were very cold, colourless and uninviting, but what the Trust has done at Golborne is fantastic. The new Explore idea makes the library a more lively and welcoming place, where I think children will feel that reading is not a chore but something that is an exciting adventure.”

After the official re-opening Stuart went on to read a passage from his book Cider with Roadies in the Adult section of the library. Meanwhile children were entertained by storytellers in the children’s section. These activities represent what WLCT hopes will be a more interactive and activity based experience to be developed all of the borough’s libraries.

Jacqui Boardman, Chair of WLCT said, “Golborne Library is the first library in the Wigan Borough to be fully refurbished with the new Explore concept that will make libraries more accessible and user-friendly for all sections of the community. I am so glad to see so many people here today, the library is really buzzing with activity, I am sure this is a sign of things to come.”

The new improvements witnessed at Golborne Library are the first stage in an ongoing investment in library services as part of WLCT’s Getting Wigan Active campaign which aims to increase levels of physical and mental activity for all citizens across the borough.

Key improvements include:

  • developing new libraries
  • investing in the bookstock
  • extending opening hours
  • developing new electronic services
  • developing a programme of activities including reading groups, homework clubs and learning activities
  • an additional £300,000 per annum revenue investment in libraries from April 2005 onwards.


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