Story of Wales inspires ground breaking children's library


October 05, 2021 - 269 views

A fascinating insight into the origins of an innovative new library service has been presented by Conwy's Library Service.

The libraries team have explained that 'The Story of Wales' by Welsh poet, author and publisher Myrddin ap Dafydd, and illustrated by artist Dorry Spikes, inspired the children’s area of the Library at Glasdir.
 
Conwy’s Libraries team, along with Myrddin, Dorry, and design company Opening the Book, have created a flagship children’s library.

A wide range of Welsh and English books for children of all ages can be discovered. As well as interactive features to explore and spark the imagination. And a ‘big book’ storytelling space for regular storytime sessions, author sessions and school visits.
 
Dorry was commissioned to produce original artwork for the children’s woodland feature.
 
Myrddin originates from Llanrwst, and owns Gwasg Carreg Gwalch publishing company based in the town. He kindly wrote a poem for the new library, which is displayed on the wall in the Library at Glasdir.
 
Myrddin said “It was lovely to see the refurbished library. The work is inspiring and the hopes for the future are particularly good.”
 
Cllr Mark Baker, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage and Culture said “We thank Myrddin for his contribution to the Library at Glasdir. And his continued support, enthusiasm and inspiration to many.
 
“We’re proud of the facilities we have, and the services on offer. The Library at Glasdir generates opportunities to develop our cultural and health partnerships, once again highlighting why we’re a strong contender for the UK City of Culture 2025.”