Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Word Is out about Naming of New Library

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Word Is out about Naming of New Library

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

ACENTRE which will celebrate a literary heritage from the Venerable Bede to Catherine Cookson will be known as The Word.

The new library and digital media centre in South Shields Market Place which will be focal point of the PS100m regeneration of the town centre. Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "The borough's tradition of writing stretches right back to Bede, who was one of this country's truly great authors and scholars.

"The Word will marry the traditional library with a superb 21st century digital environment, reflecting the fact that the written word comes in so many different forms these days, from screen plays to social media.

"It will not only be a fantastic facility for residents, but will put South Tyneside on the map as a vibrant culture and leisure destination 365 days a year."

The centre will offer a range of facilities including exhibition space, computer gaming area, design and innovation studio with 3D printers, digitised archives, meeting rooms, children's storytelling area, OpenZone IT suite, cafe and a rooftop restaurant and terrace providing views over the river.

Coun Malcolm said: "This is going to be a landmark building which will inject renewed vitality into the town.

"We are confident that it will attract people from across the region and beyond and drive footfall into the town centre.

"For children and young people in particular we hope that The Word will stimulate creative ideas, foster a love of writing and develop computer and literacy skills in the region." The council and its development partner Muse Developments will soon announce the contractor appointed to carry out construction of the building, which forms the first phase of the South Shields 365 project.

David Wells, development director of Muse Developments, said: "The Word will provide exciting opportunities to learn, engage and discover using the latest technology, as well as acting as a thriving community hub. …

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