Friday saw a momentous day on the Orihuela Costa, with the inauguration of the long awaited and anticipated “Reading Point”.

For many years the coastal residents have asked for a library facility on the coast, this has now come to reality, with the new facility which has been installed inside a mothballed primary school building, which has been sat empty, without use or purpose, for some time.

The mayor of the municipality, Monserrate Guillén, along with the councillors for education and tourism, Rosa Martínez, and the coast and International residents, Martina Scheurer, made the presentation in front of a group of residents who were keen to see the project work.

Martina Scheurer made the opening speech, firstly saying how “delighted” she was that the government team have been able to achieve this, before thanking the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to catalogue more than 10,000 books and make the centre what it is, “I appreciate the work of volunteers who have invested their time to make this possible and point especially to people who have donated books”.

Rosa Martínez continued to explain that the centre is hosting a variety of community based initiatives, including English and Spanish language classes, dance groups, fitness classes and more. In fact, Martínez explained to The Leader after the event how she is keen to make the building a “multi-use centre for everybody to use, of any age, parents, social groups, children and adults”.

Having been given a tour of the building, where there are a variety of different sized rooms, some set up for educational purposes like classrooms, as well as one large room with a full sized mirrored wall, which is ideal for the dance and fitness groups.

Moreover, Martínez explained that it is hoped that families will be able to use the centre together, perhaps with the parents attending a class or workshop, whilst their children are in another, in the safety of a unit that was otherwise redundant.

Monserrate Guillén praised the work of everybody behind the project, and explained that in his opinion this multipurpose facility is essential for the coexistence of the residents of the coast, before detailing an example of a similar centre in the Entre Naranjos urbanisation, where a full timetable of activities to promote integration and development has already proven a success, “we all live in the same town and have to feel united”, he said.

Whilst others may criticise the fact that the building has been given to community use, the doors have been opened by the “Reading Point” and shows the commitment to providing municipal facilities to the residents. So much so, the town hall are more than happy to listen to further suggestions from groups who may wish to use the facilities, so that the dream of brining communities together can grow, a concept that can only be achieved by the support of those communities it is there to serve.

The initial opening hours of the “Reading Point” are from 14:00 to 19:00 on Tuesday and Thursday, which the town hall hope may be extendable in the future.

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