Ormesby Library’s 50th Anniversary

The Library and Parish Church are important, trusted civic institutions at the heart of the community. Places of safety, comfort and hope.

On the 11th July 2016, the Friends of Ormesby Library and Staff held two commemorative events to celebrate the Library’s 50 years serving the local community. Over that time the Library has changed significantly. It still provides books, but now provides Information on Council Services, Internet access to jobseekers and for those wanting to research their Family History. It’s a meeting place for various groups and assists local Schools. You can even drop in for a coffee or hot chocolate drink.

On the morning of the 11th, current and previous staff and long-time users of the Library got together with the Friends Group to celebrate and reminisce about the 50 years the Library has been here. The Mayor and Mayoress of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Barry Hunt and Mrs Olwyn Peters, and local Ward Councillor Irene Nightingale attended. Three classes from Overfields Primary School told the Mayor and Mayoress how they envisioned the Library will change over the next 50 years, including massage chairs and holographic authors reading you their latest book. Afterwards the Mayor and Mayoress cut the Anniversary Cake and then joined everyone for tea, coffee and food provided by the Friends Group.

In the afternoon Tom Rolfe entertained children and their parents with a magic show featuring balloon modelling and circus skills. This event had its own celebration cake.

The Friends Group thank the Local Ward Councillors for their continuing support and financial contributions to holding this and other events for school children in the school holidays.

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