Plan to honour librarian

COUNCIL bosses could name a new study area after a well-respected former librarian.

The Central Library, in York Road, Hartlepool, has recently been given a revamp which included the creation of a dedicated study area for local history.

Now library bosses at Hartlepool Borough Council are planning on naming the area after Mary Hoban, who began working for Hartlepool Libraries in 1959 and was reference librarian of the town from 1967 to the time of her sudden death in 2004 aged 61.

It is proposed that the refurbished area is named the Mary Hoban Centre For Local Studies as a way for the town to remember her contribution.

Independent councillor Hilary Thompson, cabinet member responsible for culture, leisure and tourism, will discuss the issue tomorrow.

A report by Graham Jarritt, the council’s libraries and community manager, said: “Mary’s contribution to many aspects of life in Hartlepool was unique, encompassing Hartlepool Archaeological & Historical Society, Hartlepool Music Society, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and more.

“Generations of children and young people in Hartlepool studied for school and college exams using resources planned and managed by Mary.

“Naming the local studies area after Mary would be a fitting way of recognising and thanking Mary for her contributions to so many areas of life in Hartlepool.

“If approved, an opening ceremony would take place in September this year.”

A decision is expected at the portfolio meeting, due to take place tomorrow at the Civic Centre, at 10am.