BARNSTAPLE Library began a week of 21st birthday celebrations today (Monday) by welcoming back the first reader to walk through its door on May 24, 1988. Ken Powell was the first person to use the library at the new Tuly Street site after its move to a ne
BARNSTAPLE Library began a week of 21st birthday celebrations today (Monday) by welcoming back the first reader to walk through its door on May 24, 1988.Ken Powell was the first person to use the library at the new Tuly Street site after its move to a new purpose built premises from the old Athenaeum building, now the museum.Since the new library was opened by Ena Stacey, the then chairman of Devon County Council, some five-and-a-half million users have come through its doors.At Monday's opening, Mr Powell was joined by all those who were part of the library team at the time - and some of whom still work there today."It's an excellent library," said Mr Powell, who still visits regularly to borrow both books and CDs."They carry such a wide range of stock, you can get anything you want here, because if they don't have it they can soon order it for you."The library has kept up with technological advances and it is now possible to borrow CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and even books in MP3 format. There is now a training suite plus 25 computers available to the public, as well as a self-contained audio-visual section on the ground floor.The building also houses a Local Studies Centre which is a partnership between Devon Libraries, Devon Record Office and the North Devon Athenaeum.A range of events during anniversary week included a visit by local author, shepherd and celebrity David Kennard on this evening at 8pm and a children's workshop with Woody Fox, author and illustrator tomorrow (Tuesday) from 4-5pm. The illustrator of the Astrosaurs and Cows in Action series of books will hold a dinosaur workshop for 7-11 year olds in the Children's Library. Tickets £2, accompanying adults free.More events include - Thursday: 10.30am-12.30pm. Stories and crafts on a party theme for pre-school children. Launch of the new Gold Bookcrawl certificate at 11am.Friday: Chloe of The Midnight Storytellers tells stories for adults and children. Chloe is a regular visitor to Barnstaple Library from her home in the Cotswolds. She helped start the adult story nights at The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton and has performed at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Windsor Fringe Festival. Between 4-5pm her Tales from Around the World for seven to 11-year-olds will include the adventures of a scheming mosquito. Tickets £2 and accompanying adults free. At 8pm Lust and Chocolate is an evening for adults with stories ranging from a Swiss chocolatier with dangerous appetites to the shocking truth about Red Riding Hood's granny! Tickets £5.Throughout the week library staff will be running a competition to guess the amount of stock (books, CDs etc) in Barnstaple Library on May 11, 2009. The first correct answer wins the library's specially commissioned birthday cake made by Keylock Cakes.Barnstaple Library staff have prepared a list of their 21 favourite books which will be on display during the week, and the library will be decorated with a display of flowers from the Barnstaple Floral Art Club.For more details go to www.devon.gov.uk/libraries, click on What's on and select Barnstaple, or telephone (01271) 388593.