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Children will be able to exchange a towel for a book in the municipal swimming pools

The inauguration took place in the swimming pool of La Granadilla. / PAKOPÍ

The Department of Culture launches the loan service in the library pools of San Roque and La Granadilla

Ignacio Gragera, Mayor of Badajoz, and Paloma Morcillo, Councilor for Culture, inaugurated this Monday the first day of the library pools in La Granadilla and San Roque. In this lending service you can find magazines, daily newspapers, readings for adults and children, and board games. All the available material has been granted by the Department of Culture.

In addition, every day, at 7:00 p.m., the monitors will do crafts with the children and there will be a storytelling on Tuesdays in San Roque and on Thursdays in La Granadilla. “The monitors encourage and help the children to enter the world of reading and the world of crafts,” said Gragera.

The library pool of La Granadilla celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year while in San Roque there are already eight editions.

Lucas Santiago, one of the monitors, explained that the loan service works for free but with conditions. «Users give us a personal object as a deposit, such as a towel, flip-flops or diving goggles and we grant them the loan. Once they finish, we will return their belongings to them.”

Gragera is convinced that this operating system helps users “have responsibility when it comes to returning the material in perfect condition.”

According to the mayor, it is a project that seeks to improve the conditions in which bathers, especially children, enjoy municipal swimming pools. “It’s about spreading healthy culture and leisure in a pleasant environment,” he asserted.

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The library pools will be open until September 11. The availability of this service will be from Monday to Friday in the morning, from 12:30 to 14:30, and in the afternoon, from 17:30 to 20:30. On Saturdays and Sundays they will start half an hour in advance, from 12:00 to 14:30 and from 17:00 to 20:30.

In the 2021 pool season there were more than 1,200 users and around 3,750 loans. Gragera hopes to match that figure and even exceed it, taking into account that last year restrictions were still in place due to the health situation of covid-19.

enjoy the summer

«What we want is that, in a city like Badajoz, where the swimming pool season is long and the heat is intense, and where families also need this type of resources and services to be able to enjoy the summer, they can do so accompanied by the reading and accompanied by culture, “said the mayor of Badajoz.

In any case, Gragera did not contemplate the possibility of extending the hours of the municipal swimming pools of Badajoz due to the heat wave, despite the fact that summer complexes such as Lusiberia or Sancha Brava have extended their hours during the past weekend to combat the wave of heat

The mayor encouraged all users, whether children or adults, to “enjoy this service and take advantage of parents to engage children in the world of reading and culture.”

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