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A COM­MU­NITY li­brary celebrated its 50th birthday re­cently.

The Chal­font St Giles li­brary, which opened on Oc­to­ber 25 1966, was built by Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) and re­placed a vol­un­teer li­brary in a wooden build­ing near the Memo­rial Hall, School Lane.

BCC ran it un­til Novem­ber 2006 when it was closed, but with vil­lage sup­port the Friends of the Li­brary re-opened it in Jan­uary 2007.

Tony Hoare, chair­man, said: “We are de­lighted to be cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the Chal­font St Giles Li­brary this week.

“The li­brary re­mains an im­por­tant part of our vil­lage com­mu­nity and has served the vil­lage well over the years.

“Al­though the li­brary has changed rel­a­tively lit­tle phys­i­cally, the way we use li­braries has changed a lot.

“Nowa­days users can re­new books on­line, re­ceive email re­minders when books are due for re­turn, or­der books on­line for col­lec­tion lo­cally, bor­row e-books and e-mag­a­zines and use the in­ter­net or Wi-Fi in the li­brary. The li­brary will con­tinue to evolve re­spond­ing to lo­cal needs.

“Last Satur­day we had many well wish­ers into the li­brary, most of whom en­joyed a slice of our 50th birthday cake.

“Over­all I’m op­ti­mistic for the li­brary’s fu­ture.”


Celebration: Tony Hoare and Amy McCarthy cut the cake at Chal­font St Giles’s li­brary’s 50th birthday cel­e­bra­tions

Treat: Lotte Wors­fold and mum Cather­ine

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