21st landmark birthday for Central Library

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A HOST of celebrations have been organised to help mark a library’s landmark birthday.

Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, is hosting 21 different events to mark the building’s 21st anniversary.

Staff at the Hartlepool Borough Council-run library have organised a range of different activities and sessions to suit all tastes.

There will be workshops with authors, cartoonists and musicians aimed at all the family.

Acclaimed authors Trisha Ashley, Guy Mankowski, Beda Higgins, Malcolm Green, Elizabeth Gill, Paul Torday and Steve Cole are among the writers set to flock to the popular library over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, screenwriter Andy Briggs will be hosting a session on Tuesday, November 20 at 5pm, while cartoonist Keith Robson will be appearing at 6.30pm on Monday, November 26 and poet Jeff Price will be reading on Wednesday, November 28, at a time to be confirmed.

Lifelong Hartlepool United fan Phil Dunn, who has been a regular contributor to the club’s official programme since 1997, will also be talking about his passion for the League One side on Friday, November 23 at 7pm.

Diane Marlborough, Hartlepool libraries’ reference and information manager, said: “We are every pleased with the extensive programme that we have managed to put together.

“There is a good range of authors and we also have a cartoonist coming along.

“We expect there will be a lot of interest in the different sessions that are running and we would advise people to book to avoid disappointment.

“There has already been a lot of interest from our regulars and if it is successful we hope to make it an annual event.”

The library used to be based at the Leadbitter Buildings, in Church Square, before moving to the new premises in York Road in 1991.

The birthday celebrations get underway on Monday, October 22 and the sessions are due to run until Friday, November 30.

People can book any three events and get the cheapest one free.

Library bosses say ticket numbers for each event are limited so people are advised to book early.

For more information and ticket prices call the York Road-based library on (01429) 272905.