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Ministerial praise for pounds 5m library.

CULTURE Secretary Chris Smith paid a visit to Rugby's award-winning library on Monday.

The secretary of state for culture, media and sports was in town to look around the Little Elberow Street venue as it approaches its first birthday. The centre looks set to smash records by welcoming more than half a million visitors in its first year of operation. Mr Smith praised Warwickshire County Council Libraries for its Library Plan, which looks at developing services and providing value for money.

The libraries department has also joined forces with Trading Standards to make both services more available to the public.

Mr Smith said: "The plan shows clear evidence of an imaginative approach to forward planning and takes very full account of national and local priorities.

"Warwickshire's move to join these important services together is a logical one that cannot help but improve access to information for all.

"Rugby has a library of which it can be proud."

Rugby Library opened last March as part of a pounds 5 million flagship development between the county council and Rugby Borough Council.

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PLEASED TO MEET YOU: Chris Smith meets children visiting the library from Acorns Nursery (from left) Charlotte Barrow, aged four, James Agar, aged three, and Jack Rosser, aged four.
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