CREDITON Library is extending its opening hours from the beginning of January to the end of March 2024 as part of the Warm Libraries and Warm Banks initiatives to support the community during these colder months.

The charity Libraries Unlimited is funding it to open 10am to 1pm every Wednesday. It will be offering a full library service along with free refreshments, colouring, jigsaws and tabletop games. 

Sue Lee, Crediton Library Supervisor said: “We are currently shut as a public library on Wednesdays, so we are pleased to be able to extend our opening hours over the winter.

“A lot of people do try to access the library on Wednesdays and are disappointed when they arrive to find us closed.

“Whether you just want to keep warm, have a hot drink and a chat or you want to borrow books or use our computers, you will be very welcome at Crediton Library.”  

On Friday evenings, from 7pm to 9pm, The Folklore Library and Archive will be providing free events in Crediton Library, thanks to a grant from the National Grid Community Matters Fund.

They will be offering a range of talks, music, films, storytelling and other presentations.

The events are free but it would be helpful if people could book: 01363 772578 or: [email protected] .

On Friday, January 5, artist, animator and film director Ashley Thorpe will be talking about his work and showing extracts from some of his films.

After working for the BBC, Ashley has forged a successful career through his company Carrion Films, with recent work including animation for the BBC series “Uncanny” and his film “Borley Rectors”, starring the late Julian Sands and Reece Shearsmith.

Mark Norman, Curator of the Folklore Library and Archive, said: “We are delighted to be able to host Ashley for an evening where there will be a chance to watch some of his work, hear more about his career and ask questions.

“We look forward to welcoming you all to our warm space at Crediton Library in 2024.”