FIVE children’s authors will be the main attraction at the St Athan Community Hub and Library (SACHaL) grand launch on Saturday, April 1.

BBC Wales television presenter Lucy Owen will perform family readings in English and Welsh from her new children’s book Boo-a-bog in the Park.

Wendy Hobbs, author of the Claudia Quash stories, Anthony Lavisher, author of the Storm series of fantasy novels, Michelle Briscombe, author of Silent Mountain and The House on March Lane, and Phil Carradice, author of Hannah’s War and other titles, will also read at the event.

BBC broadcaster, novelist and historian Phil Carradice will act as master of ceremonies throughout the day, from 11am to 5pm.

Ms Hobbs said: “I am delighted to be invited to the grand launch of St Athan Library and am looking forward to meeting the children and reading The Spell of Pencliff and Claudia's Special Wish. Magical adventures for all ages.”

The launch event will also see the unveiling of new library logo designed by pupils at St Athan Primary School.

Music will be provided by two traditional Welsh harpists.

The primary school choir will sing and the RAF Voluntary Junior Band will play.

Chairman of trustees of the SACHaL charity, Graham Mallaghan said: “St Athan Library has long been a much loved resource at the heart of our community.

“On April 1 we want to show that this vital relationship will not only continue, but grow stronger, now that the library has passed into the people’s hands.

“We want everyone to know that the library is here for them, and that it will collaborate powerfully with other local organisations to serve the common good.

“On this day the community organisations of St Athan will start to demonstrate the benefits of co-production.”

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