Appledore Book Festival saves local library

<p>An author-led campaign to save Devon&#39;s Appledore library from closure has resulted in a surge in usage and the launch of an annual book festival in Appledore. </p><p>Children&#39;s author Nick Arnold launched the Appledore Book Festival in 2007 after council cuts and low usage threatened the future of the town&#39;s library. The library is run by the community, which has to raise &pound;4,500 to cover the building&#39;s costs, while library services are provided by the county council.</p><p>The money raised by last year&#39;s book festival and other fundraising events have covered the library&#39;s ongoing costs and a refurbishment.</p><p>&quot;The library looks fantastic and usage has gone through the roof,&quot; said Arnold. &quot;The fundraising efforts focused community attention on the library so more local people are using it and the refurbishment has made it more attractive to tourist visitors.&quot; The library is now one of the busiest small libraries in the county.</p><p>The festival, which runs from 27th September to 5th October, will host 65 events. Nick Sharratt, Philip &shy;Ardagh, Libby Purves and Kate Adie are among the authors taking part.<br /></p>