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Half-a-century of lending celebrated at Fakenham library




Staff and customers of Fakenham library saw the library into its 50th birthday with cake and live music.

Fakenham library cake (9094293)
Fakenham library cake (9094293)

Esteemed guests included some of the library’s oldest recorded members, who signed up over 30 years ago when the system to record membership started.

Customers enjoyed a piece of birthday cake and refreshments, plus live music by local band the Lighters, on Thursday of last week.

Fakenham’s first library and reading room was established in the late 19th century and was housed in the Corn Exchange.

When the Corn Exchange was converted into a cinema in 1926 the library moved to what was then known as the Central School, with the headmaster, Mr FS Wigg, as honorary librarian.

There were a few more moves until April 21, 1969, when the new, purpose-built library on Oak Street was opened.

The current library was part of a Norfolk Council Council development in of 2.5 acres, which also included the building of a youth centre (now the district and town council Offices) and community centre.

From L-R: Sandra Grant and David Thomas (both long serving users), Ann Keeble (retired Library Manager) and Alan Leventhall (retired Community Librarian). (9094239)
From L-R: Sandra Grant and David Thomas (both long serving users), Ann Keeble (retired Library Manager) and Alan Leventhall (retired Community Librarian). (9094239)

Since opening, services have evolved at the town’s library. While borrowing books is still the main reason for many visits, people can also benefit from a range of other services including access to the internet, craft and art groups, rent DVDs or computer games or attend family history and computer help sessions.

Free children's activities include rhyme time, mini-movers and Lego club.

The Friends of Fakenham Library voluntary group (9094286)
The Friends of Fakenham Library voluntary group (9094286)
Fakenham library in 1969 (9094237)
Fakenham library in 1969 (9094237)


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