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South Ayrshire Council is encouraging people to linger longer in their local library to catch up with friends over a tea or coffee, or to enjoy one of the many activities on offer.
The Council's new 'Linger Longer' campaign is designed to remind people that libraries are about much more than just books. There is also free wi-fi, eBooks and even games consoles.
Local library staff can also help out if you have never used a computer and want to learn how to email family and friends or surf the web. The courses are informative and, best of all, they are free, as are the majority of library events and exhibitions. Here are a few comments from library users at the launch:
"We love the fact that there are different children's activities every week at Symington library."
"I like being amongst people and spending time in the library as I live on my own. I also like doing the library jigsaw!"
"I like the atmosphere in the library – friendly but not intrusive."
Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: "Libraries have a great deal to offer communities in South Ayrshire. They are places not only to relax in but to socialise and also learn new skills. Our libraries are renowned for embracing new technology and in addition to library opening hours, people can download material electronically in a range of formats. However, it's important to remember that the local library provides a whole lot more too, so why not pop in, check out what's on offer and linger longer. You'll have a great time!"
To find out what is happening at your local library or to join please visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries