Clitheroe Library marks 21st birthday

Clitheroe Library celebrates it's 21st birthday (back) assistant librarian Sandra Ellison, district manager Mary Palmer and assistant librarian Jean Dinsdale and (front) County Coun. David Smith lead member for cultural services with competition winners Isabelle Schumann and Macy Thompson.
Clitheroe Library celebrates it's 21st birthday (back) assistant librarian Sandra Ellison, district manager Mary Palmer and assistant librarian Jean Dinsdale and (front) County Coun. David Smith lead member for cultural services with competition winners Isabelle Schumann and Macy Thompson.

Highlights of Clitheroe library’s 21st birthday celebrations included guided tours of the building and the chance to view cells beneath the building, used to house prisoners in centuries gone by.

The library was decorated with banners and balloons to celebrate the occasion, which marked the anniversary of the library moving to the newly refurbished building from its old home in rooms beneath the United Reformed Church in Moor Lane.

Visitors were treated to a display of plans for the new building and photos of the renovations as they were happening, along with articles chronicling the changes from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.

160 people joined the tours on the day and they also had the opportunity to find out more about the variety of services offered, such as the Home Library Service for the house-bound. The groups enjoyed looking at the many photos and paintings around the building, all with a story to tell.

Refreshments were provided and County Coun. David Smith cut a cake featuring a picture of the building and affirmed his commitment to Lancashire’s local libraries and their place within the communities they serve.

Coun. Smith also presented prizes to competition winners from local schools, who has been invited to design a birthday card for the library.

Winners were Bethany Simkin in the under-fives’ category, Seb May in the fives to eights category and Macy Thompson for the nine to elevens. The winner of the competition to find the 21 books which staff had placed in shops in the town centre was Isabelle Schumann.