L-R: Maria Darbon, Esther Knight, Caroline Peel, Steve Knight, Artist Julie North and Len Griffiths


Local designer and artist Julie North recently presented the Island’s High Sheriff Mrs Caroline Peel and Shanklin Mayor Steve Knight with a special stained glass window to celebrate National Libraries Week.

The window, donated by Nova Construction, depicts poet and author John Keats, who was a resident in Shanklin in 1819 and a collection of his works are available from the library.

National Libraries Week celebrates the nation’s much-loved libraries and their vital role in the UK’s book culture. The National event encourages libraries in all sectors to celebrate books and reading, showcase their reading offer and the contribution they make towards building a Nation of Readers.

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Julie said:

“It’s really important to showcase the value of community libraries, such as Shanklin, and what they are doing to support vulnerable and isolated residents at this time and I hope this special window brings a smile to readers faces and encourages reading”.

Shanklin Library Co-ordinator Maria Darbon concluded:

“It’s a tribute to our team of volunteers, who have maintained safe services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and kept in touch with the vulnerable users of the new library.

“We are looking forward to when we can realise the full potential of our new location and the nearby Falcon Hall”.

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High Sheriff Caroline Peel said:

“This fun feature is a unique design and will be a treasure for years to come – it’s even more special to see the Community Library develop since we opened it in August”.

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