Bestseller and award-winning author Salley Vickers will be cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new £1.4m Lichfield library and St Mary’s first floor space for performing and visual arts.
Salley will join guests and customers in the library on Thursday 7 March for the grand opening at 4.00pm followed by speeches and a private reception.
People will also have the opportunity to attend an ‘Audience with Salley’ event later that evening at 7.30pm.
The Liverpool born author has written many critically acclaimed books including The Cleaner of Chartres, Miss Garnet’s Angel, The Other Side of You and her latest novel, The Librarian
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:
“We’re all thrilled with our new library and getting Salley along to officially open it is a real coup for us.
“Salley is an amazing novelist and guarantees magic and mystery and her own sense of humour whenever she puts pen to paper. We’re all very excited about her visit and I’m sure, like the people of Lichfield she’ll be very impressed with our new library.”
“How exciting to open a new library, especially in Lichfield. Dr Johnson would be proud.”
Nick Sedgwick, chairman of St Mary’s said:
“The Trustees are delighted to welcome Lichfield Library into our new building as both long term tenants and partners.
“The Guild of St Mary’s have transformed the building since closing in 2017 with financial assistance from Staffordshire County Council and many other generous organisations, Trusts, Charities and individuals. We now have a modern building fit for purpose and ready for the next generation”
The new library, which moved into St. Mary’s in December, has more than 15,000 books, computers, free wi-fi access and children’s reading area.
On the first floor is a new space with a stunning mezzanine, overlooking part of the library. This provides a flexible performance and exhibition space with seating for more than 130 people and a local history access point for digitised archive collections and St Mary’s own photographic archive.
Booking for the evening event with Salley is essential. Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased by calling Lichfield Library on 0300 111 8000 or by emailing Lichfield.firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for all other events at St Mary’s can be booked through the website: www.stmaryslichfield.co.uk