One of the council’s most popular and loved libraries will celebrate its 50th anniversary in style on Saturday 27 January with a special day of events.

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Alkrington Library in Middleton will proudly open its doors for the public to enjoy historic displays, readings, crafts, children’s stories, competitions and much more.

To mark its half-century the library, located on Kirkway, is extending its hours on the day, with events taking place 10.00 to 2.30, as the local community comes together for the special birthday occasion.

There will be fun for all the family at Alkrington this Saturday.

Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre has played its part by lending the library historic artefacts to show off throughout the day.

Library staff will be joining in the fun, dressing in outfits from yesteryear to give a ‘swinging 60s’ feel to this anniversary event.

The library has come a long way since the first book was stamped in January 1968. Back then, it was a place literary lovers went to borrow reading matter. Five decades on, as well as stocking a range of titles, there are computers and training sessions, digital devices, groups, children’s clubs and storytime, for people to access and use.

Community events regularly take place at the well-used branch, which is at the heart of the local community and enjoyed by people of all ages.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for libraries, will be at the birthday celebration

Councillor Janet Emsley, the cabinet member for libraries, said: “This will be a really historic day for the library and we are marking it in style with a packed programme. We are proud of the service library branches like Alkrington provide to people across our borough. Library staff have maintained a high standard of service over five decades. Thanks to everyone who has played their part in this success story. Here’s to the next 50 years.”

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