Events held to celebrate the 35th birthday of Lower Earley Library have raised more than £600 for charity.
Wokingham Borough Council organised a variety of events for all ages to mark the special occasion. These were all well attended and gave residents the opportunity to look back on three-and-a-half decades of wonderful memories.
The library was first opened on 23 November 1987 and continues to be a focal point for the community, providing a warm and friendly environment, thousands of reading resources and a wide range of additional services.
A quiz night was held the night before the library’s birthday, which raised nearly £400. The night, which included a raffle, raised money for Alexandra Devine Children’s Hospice and the Borough Mayor’s chosen charity Wokingham Foodbank. A total of 11 teams entered, with more than 60 people taking part. Raffle prizes ranged from skincare products to Prosecco and chocolate, with prizes being generously donated by residents and staff.
On 25 November, a charity coffee morning was held from 10.30am to 12.30pm, where just over £200 was raised. Visitors enjoyed homemade cakes and a hot drink as they sat and shared memories with Borough Mayor, Cllr Caroline Smith. Cakes included mince pies, vegan brownies and cupcakes.
Here's to another 35 years of good memories
Cllr Sarah Kerr, executive member for climate emergency and resident services, was also there at the coffee morning. She said: “There was no doubt in my mind that the events held to celebrate the birthday of Lower Earley Library would be popular and I was so glad to see just that. It was evident how much residents still value it as a resource for learning, community spirit and helping them to access vital services from the council.
“Having the chance to come together in this way is truly special and an opportunity to show the staff who work tirelessly to deliver a quality service just how much they are appreciated. It is also wonderful to have the chance to use moments like this to help those in need. The funds raised for the children’s hospice and the foodbank will be hugely appreciated at a time when every gesture of generosity shown by our residents means a great deal.”
In the run-up to the big day, other events were held to give the community a chance to celebrate, kicking off with an 80s reminiscence session at the library on Tuesday 15 November.
A ‘Memories of Earley’ session, which was delivered by Paul Windley, attracted more than 20 people, including Cllr Tahir Maher, the Mayor of Earley Town Council. There were also activities to keep children entertained, with two crafting sessions and storytimes attracting lots of attention.
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