A NEW state-of-the-art community library opened its doors for use by the community of the Dipelaneng township in Hobhouse. The facility will provide information services and cater for the reading needs of the community free of charge. The library is an ongoing effort to improve the lives of the people by the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, which also funded the construction. Hobhouse is a small farming town in the Free State, located 32 km north-east of Wepener and 51 km south-west of Ladybrand near the Lesotho border. The MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mathobo Leeto, officially opened the newly-built library on Thursday (07/07).“Libraries are at the centre of promoting active citizenship and broad-based leadership through information, promotion of reading and global competitiveness. “Toy libraries play an important role in early childhood development. As part of our work, we will soon offer training on the effective use of educational toys to careta-kers of young children,” said Leeto. The library also boasts children and adult lending sections, a reading area, a reference section, an activity hall, computer room, games room and a toy library. Included in the toy library are games such as chess, Scrabble and Monopoly. The computer room is equipped with 20 computers providing free internet access, e-mail and word-processing facilities. The ten tablet computers will be available for downloading and reading e-books, e-periodicals, as well as newspapers. Access to study materials such as past examination papers will also be freely available. A Wi-Fi area with seating facilities for users with their own equipment will also be available.