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Checking in for a good holiday read.

Byline: By Jessica Flynn South Wales Echo

Holidaymakers jetting off for a break got the chance to pick up a good read at the check-in desk - with books from a local library. Sandra Cooper and Claire Young, from Rhoose's public library, took a collection of books, to Cardiff International Airport for passengers.

The scheme is part of a campaign to get more people to use their local library.

"Everyone wants a couple of good books to relax with on the beach when you're on holiday, but it can be expensive," said Chris Edwards, principal librarian for the Vale of Glamorgan.

"We wanted to remind people that they don't have to part with their cash in order to get their hands on a good book."

The airport's one-off mobile library was a hit with travellers including Katie Adams and her family.

Katie, 17, from Mountain Ash, joined the library at the airport's check-in, along with mum Lynley, brother Rowan and best friend Cailey Jones, from Treharris.

"I think this is a really good idea," said Katie. "I'd never thought about joining the library but when I saw all the great books they had, like Katie Price's new book which I've borrowed from them for my holiday, I decided to sign up. My mum and brother have also borrowed some travel guides for our holiday to Crete."

To join your local library, all you need is one item of identification that shows your name and address, such as a driver's licence, a recent utilities bill, or bank account statement. Under 16s require the signature of a parent or legal guardian. The books borrowed at the airport can be returned to your local library.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 23, 2007
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