The Duchess of Cornwall officially re-opened Exeter Library. Whilst at the library, The Duchess met with some of those who use the facility, including children, students and older people.
This past May, Exeter Library reopened after a £4 million refurbishment. The project took 18 months to complete.
The newly opened library boasts a café, larger section for children, a new foyer and a wider selection of new books.
Fully modernized, the library includes a digital workshop and is equipped to meet the learning, cultural and informational needs of its patrons.
The Exeter Library is located in the centre of Exeter’s cultural quarter alongside the city museum, Phoenix Arts Centre and Exeter Castle.
Camilla a keen reader is a champion for literacy. Patron of the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust and First Story, the Wicked Young Writers’ Award and Beanstalk, The Duchess is a strong promoter of literacy for young people.
In recent years, Camilla has undertaken numerous engagements that highlighted literacy.
During the campaign for ‘Literacy Heroes’ in 2013, Camilla commented:
“I firmly believe in the importance of igniting a passion for reading in the next generation. I was lucky enough to have a father who was a fervent bibliophile and a brilliant storyteller too. He read to us each night and transported us into different worlds – from the irresistible lure of Mr McGregor’s garden to battles for Toad Hall or close encounters with the dreaded Captain Hook. Every book was a promise of something new and exciting.”
During a visit to Sweden in 2012, Camilla visited the British International School where she read “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson, telling the children that she frequently reads the book to her own grandchildren.
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