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Golden day as library celebrates special anniversary

30 January 2018

Library visitors holding balloon and birthday book.

There was nostalgia in the air at Alkrington Library as the local community came together to celebrate the popular branch’s 50th birthday.

People of all ages enjoyed games, readings, face painting and took a trip down memory lane as iconic images of the library’s history were proudly displayed throughout the day. It is 1 of 17 council-run libraries in the borough, which have all been saved from the huge funding cuts imposed on local government since 2010.

Everyone embraced the birthday occasion, with council staff joining in the fun by wearing specially designed outfits from the 1960s.

It was a special day for all those, past and present, who have played their part in ensuring Alkrington Library has thrived as a vibrant community centre.

Councillor Janet Emsley said: “It was great to see so many families and young people enjoying the day and the library’s fantastic facilities, which are a credit to our superb library service.

“The library has been at the heart of the local community for 5 decades, always embracing change and pioneering new services for people to enjoy.

“Staff at Alkrington Library provide a wonderful service to literature lovers of all ages. It’s been a great innings so far, 50 not out and still going strong. Thanks to everyone’s hard work in making it a day to remember.”

The council’s library service is currently running 2 big campaigns. There is a borough-wide consultation on widening library services, running until 16 February 2018, as well as a ‘fines amnesty’ on overdue books throughout February 2018.