A NEW �625,000 library is set to open by the end of the month.

Dedworth library, in Smiths Lane, Windsor, is due to officially open on Monday, January 28, serving both the children of Dedworth First and Middle School, both also in Smiths Lane, as well as the wider community.

The library, at the former kitchen and dining room in the grounds of the Dedworth schools, will have a dedicated area coloured in lime green, yellow, orange and purple for school pupils to read, watch DVDs, do homework and use WiFi internet access.

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "The new Dedworth Library will be a fantastic facility, not only for the schoolchildren to enjoy and enhance their learning, but for the community as a whole." Other activities on offer for children will include rhyme time and story time sessions.

For adults, there will be learning courses, a knit 'n' natter group and a community room for hire with kitchen facilities. A programme of author visits and reading activities will be launched in February.

The library is anticipated to be open on Mondays from 2-7pm, Tuesdays 2-5pm, Thursdays 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Fridays 2-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.

However, the Royal Borough is currently reviewing the results of a consultation on how the 21 weekly opening hours should be spread with a final decision due in the week before the library opens.

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