Hartlepool library celebrates 40 years at heart of community

CELEBRATION: (Left to right) Jan Palmer and colleagues Jayne Downer, Caroline Callaghan and Anita Gaffney with the original official opening plaque which is displayed in the library.
CELEBRATION: (Left to right) Jan Palmer and colleagues Jayne Downer, Caroline Callaghan and Anita Gaffney with the original official opening plaque which is displayed in the library.

A LIBRARY is to celebrate its 40th birthday.

Throston Grange Library, in Glamorgan Grove, Hartlepool, will be marking its anniversary of being open for four decades.

We’re inviting people to come along, have some fun and share memories of the early days of the library and the estate.

Jan Palmer, library officer

Its official opening was on April 28, 40 years ago, and next Wednesday, on April 29, will be its birthday party day.

Members of the public are being invited along to mark the special occasion between 10am and 4pm to join in the celebrations.

People can join the fun and share their memories at the event next week.

Jan Palmer, library officer at Throston Grange Library, encouraged people to come along to share in the special day.

She told the Mail: “For 40 years the library has been at the heart of the local community.

“Each week we welcome on average 450 people through our doors.

“We’re inviting people to come along, have some fun and share memories of the early days of the library and the estate.

“It’s also a great opportunity to find out more about the many services and activities we offer.”

In 1971, the then County Borough of Hartlepool decided to create a branch library for the fast-growing population of Throston Grange.

The new building was officially opened on April 28, 1975 by Ernest Armstrong MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Education and Science.

The library is not open on the 28th so the birthday celebration is being held the very next day. The event will feature a display of photographs and memorabilia charting the library’s early days and the growth of the surrounding Throston Grange estate.

There will also be refreshments plus a competition and a book-themed quiz with prizes.

People are also being encouraged to get in touch with the library if they have their own photographs or memorabilia which could be included in the display. For more details about the event, contact the library on (01429) 263199.