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New chapter for library

Dalston’s new library is proving a big success story, with thousands of visitors walking through its doors every week.

The new state-of-the-art library was officially opened at the end of February with a visit from famous author Nick Hornby.

However, residents have been able to use the new Dalston C.L.R James Library since June, and the visiting figures have proved it is very popular.

Hackney Council said there had been more than 4,000 visitors walking through the doors every week, and 1,200 on the official opening day.

Nick Hornby, who signed copies of his latest book during the ceremony, said: “I was keen to come along to this completely amazing event – the opening of Dalston C.L.R James Library.

“I wouldn’t be the author that I am if it wasn’t for the library. I went every Saturday morning and started reading books at a young age -it changed my life.”

Dalston Mayor Jules Pipe, who unveiled a plaque at the library, said: “The opening of Dalston C.L.R James Library is a cause for celebration, especially during these more difficult times.

“This fantastic facility is the most recent example of the council’s commitment to libraries. Libraries are the very heart of our community whether you want to borrow a book, use computers or study space or just meet friends.”

Samuel Tadese, nine, won a competition that asked young people why they loved the library. He said: “I like it because I used to hate reading and now I come here and I love it.”

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