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27th Jun, 2022

New library initiative to welcome foreign families to Warwickshire

FAMILIES from abroad who come to live in Warwickshire will be offered a warm welcome thanks to a new initiative from Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Library and Information Service.

The service is teaming up with Warwick District Council, Rugby Borough Council and partners to hold Welcome to Warwickshire events for families of all nationalities.

Visitors will be offered advice from a range of agencies and services including Warwickshire Police, Fire and Rescue, Citizens Advice, Family Information Service and Health Service – plus helpful information to take away

They will be introduced library services including books, digital services, computer access, events, activities and learning for children and young adults, reading groups and music and drama collections.

They will also be welcomed to the county with a Welcome to Warwickshire Poem written by Warwickshire Libraries’ Young Poet Laureate Daniel Wale.

WCC’s culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “The fact that the whole county has come together to provide a safe place for these families to begin to heal and rebuild lives shattered by conflict is a testament to what a fantastic place Warwickshire is to live.

“I am proud that Warwickshire County Council and all our partners have pulled together to provide a comprehensive package of support to these people and that local communities have gone above and beyond to make our newest residents so welcome.”

The first event will be held at Leamington Spa Library and Information Centre on Monday May 23, 10am-2pm, and the second at Rugby Library and Information Centre on Thursday May 26, 10am-2pm. All events are free, do not require advance booking, and are open to all people from across Warwickshire.

Call the Library and Information Service on 0300 555 8171 for more information.

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