BOOKED IN FOR ANOTHER 50 YEARS
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