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New chapter at libraries

The Big Book Fortnight was a resounding success with over 300 bookworms heading to their local library to promote local library services.

The annual event is now in its seventh year and authors John Boyne, Rosie Goodwin, Gaynor Arnold and Anne Bennett drew in hundreds of library visitors.

In Walsall, many of the visitors to the local libraries admitted that they had never been to one of the borough’s libraries before.

43-year-old Jane Jones from Leamore went to Walsall Central Library to meet author Gaynor Arnold and said: “It was the quickest and most pleasant hour I’ve spent in a long time. It was my first author event and I’d looked forward to the experience very much. It was very interesting listening to Gaynor speak about her latest book and her previous work.”

Another visitor to the Walsall Central Library was author John Boyne who wrote the acclaimed book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. He said that he was very impressed” by the “efficient organisation and excellent turnout”.

Sonia Dixon, Walsall Library Service’s adult library services coordinator said: “The month was an extremely exciting time for our library members and many others who attended our author events. We were delighted to welcome around 300 visitors to our libraries and many have said it has inspired them to do more reading and writing.”

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