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The Hive - meet the people - Jane

With the opening of Worcestershire's latest iconic landmark just a matter of days away, all this week we'll be introducing you to some of the soon-to-be familiar faces under its gold cladded roof.

Around 150 members of staff will soon call The Hive their place of work. Among them is Jane Stephens, a member of the new library service team who has been working hard with her colleagues to move the 250,000 books and resources into their brand new home. The Hive is home to a rich variety of resources and there is something for everyone, whether it's a holiday read, graphic novel, a book to challenge you, a text to help your research or a local or family history resource.

Moving from Worcester City Library, which was based in Foregate Street and which closed a few weeks ago, Jane is looking forward to being part of a new library service team at The Hive. She said "The Hive will provide a fully integrated public and university library; University and public library books side by side on the shelves, available for members of the public and students to borrow. This is an exciting prospect for Worcestershire with so many fantastic books arranged in such an amazing building."

Jane's passion for reading and inspiring others, especially children, to read stems from her many years as a primary school teacher. Home to one of the largest children's libraries in the UK, The Hive is the perfect place for Jane to continue to share her love of reading with children and school classes who visit. She said "The selection of children's fiction is brilliant. There are so many I want to recommend to readers which will expand their reading choices. The variety of bright and exciting spaces including the outdoor "library island" will allow children to get lost in a good read. The children's library will also be an area for fun, with cubby holes for treasure trails, space for activity play and a comfy reading pit."

It is not only the children who have magical spaces in The Hive. There are spaces for everyone to learn, enjoy and discover. She added: "There are five levels of different spaces from comfortable sofas and easy chairs to formal study areas, so people can find their favourite spot, whether you want to relax or work seriously."

Opening on July 2, The Hive will be home to the first joint public and university library in Europe, one of the biggest children's libraries in the UK, the county's archive and archaeology service, the Worcestershire Hub customer contact centre, a contemporary business centre and café.