Helensburgh locals had a dull day brightened up by a book sale as organisers issue a thank you to everyone who came along.

The Helensburgh Community Hub welcomed residents to their Big Book Bonanza on Saturday, December 9 where they raised almost £300 for their Imagination Library which provides free books to children aged zero to five.

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The hub sold home baking made by volunteers and books and offered tea and coffee as well as fun activities such as temporary tattoos for children.

Manager Gill Simpson said: "We would like to thank everyone who came down to our Big Book Bonanza on Saturday, especially on such a dreich December day.

“So many kids went away with armfuls of books, which is music to our ears.

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“People very kindly made donations for the tea and delicious cake made by our volunteer Bea - one lady said the cinnamon rolls were the best she had ever eaten.

"We raised almost £300 from the book sales and donations, which will be used to support our Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide free books to all children under the age of five living in Helensburgh.”

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The event was hosted in the hub’s Book Nook and while it was a fundraiser for the Imagination Library, the hub also wanted to show that the space is available to anyone needing company or a warm drink.

Gill added: "What is also really important to us was to create an event where anyone could come along and feel welcome and just enjoy a wee chat or cuppa with us.

“We had so many lovely comments from people about how nice and cosy the Book Nook is and how friendly the volunteers are - that's what the Hub is all about, especially when it's pretty miserable and dark out there.

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“So, we would encourage anyone to come into the Book Nook this winter.

“You don't need to buy a book, it's also a space where you can sit and read or have a hot drink or a conversation. That's why we are here."

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The Helensburgh Community Hub is located on 116 East King Street and the Book Nook is open on Mondays between 2pm and 5pm, Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm, Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.