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Ellesmere Port Library celebrates 50th birthday with action-packed week of events

26 April 2012

Ellesmere Port’s library is to celebrate its 50th birthday with an action-packed week of events for all ages.

Local residents are invited to visit the library and take part in one or more of a range of events for all ages from Birthday Storytime and a coffee morning to a visit and readings by book illustrator Curtis Jobling and a junior craft event.

An exhibition of photographs of both the building and Ellesmere Port throughout the last 50 years will also be on display in the library throughout May.

Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Stuart Parker, said: “Ellesmere Port Library is a much-valued community facility and on its 50th birthday is looking for local residents to join in the celebration and look forward to the next 50.

“I would encourage members of the local community to visit the library during May and celebrate 50 fantastic years either by viewing the exhibition of photos or by taking part in any one of the planned events.”

The building was opened to the public on May 7, 1962 by Lord and Lady Leverhulme. Built by local firm Thomas Warrington and Sons Ltd, and designed by Richard Kelly, it was intended to complement the facing Civic Hall and help to create a central square in the town.

Over the years the library has undergone a number of changes including an octagonal-shaped extension added to the back of the building in 1973 and a new meeting room and passenger lift to all floors added in 1999.

Today the library continues to be a hub of the community, with more than 3500 people coming through the doors each week to borrow books, use the internet and take part in community events and clubs. 

And the building benefits from up-to-date library services following a full revamp in 2011 which included the installation of self-service technology, new carpets, redecoration throughout and new public toilet facilities.

Local member and Mayor of Ellesmere Port Councillor Angela Claydon, who will lead the Birthday Storytime event, said: “For as long as I can remember the library has played a central role in our town’s community and I am really pleased to be involved in the its 50th birthday celebrations.

“I would encourage all residents, young and old, to visit the library as it really does have something for everyone to enjoy this May.”

Local members Councillor Justin Madders and Councillor Lynn Clare have donated funding from their member budget grants to the Curtis Jobling event.

For further information on any of the events please contact Ellesmere Port library on 0151 337 4685.

Events include:

  • 50th Birthday Storytime – Thursday, 3 May, 2-2.30pm - Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Angela Claydon will be reading a story and the Book Start Bear will be joining in the fun. The event is free and there is no need to book. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Curtis Jobling – Tuesday, 8 May, 9.30-10.15am – the designer of the worldwide hit children's television show 'Bob the Builder' and the author/illustrator of numerous children’s books will be appearing at the library.
    Curtis will be reading from his many books and entertaining children and parents alike with live illustrations of all characters from his TV shows.
    The event is suitable for pre-school children. It's free and there is no need to book. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Coffee Morning for Older People - Wednesday 9th May 10am-12pm - help us celebrate 50 years! Drop in for a cup of coffee and try your hand at one of our Wii games. The event is free and there's no need to book.
  • 50th Birthday Junior Craft event – Saturday, 12 May, 11am-12pm - join us at the library to make and decorate your very own crown. This is a free event but places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
  • 50 Years in Photographs - To celebrate our 50 years there will be an exhibition of photographs in the library throughout May. As well as photos of the library there will also be photos of Ellesmere Port from the past 50 years.