A HILLFOOTS library run by the community is open following its launch at the weekend.

The grand unveiling of the library at Menstrie's Dumyat Centre took place at the weekend with author Wendy H Jones on hand to talk about her latest novels and to sign copies on the day.

She catered for children and adults alike with her books Bertie the Buffalo for young people and a crime story in Antiques and Alibis.

There was also a short Bookbug session, a treasure hunt, arts and crafts as well as food and refreshments when the event went ahead on Saturday, June 15.

Mairi Spowage, chair of Menstrie Community Action Group – a part of the community council – which runs the venue, gave the opening speech to start the proceedings with the guest author cutting the ribbon.

Louise Cannon, who leads the library team, said: "We have over 2,000 books, we've got every genre going that you can access on our shelves: we've got adult fiction, young adult's fiction, non-fiction including autobiographies [and more].

"We do have a table that's a workspace where people can come and study or do some work.

"We've got comfy seating areas and a place for tea and coffee as well. Chalkboards that children can play on and we are working towards future events too."

Louise, who used to work in a public library, added: "There was a really good atmosphere; it was lively, it was friendly and people looked like they were having fun."

She wanted to give thanks to everyone who supported the event and the library going forward.

The community library is open on Mondays 10am-2.30pm; Tuesdays term-time 10.30am-11am for a Bookbug session; Thursday evenings 5pm-7pm; Fridays 10am-12.30pm; and Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm with a possible future extension for this day.