A week of special events for library customers took place from May 9-14 to celebrate Woodley Library’s 30th Anniversary. The Library opened on its present site in Headley Road on May 12 1986.
The week started with a tea party and singalong for about 30 residents from local nursing and sheltered homes in the area. Staff served tea and homemade cake to those attending while Mandy Shora, a local entertainer led the singing with well-known tunes from past decades.
An eighties themed quiz evening was well attended with sixty people testing their knowledge of the decade. Money raised during the evening was donated to Twyford Age Concern.
The birthday itself was celebrated with customers popping in to enjoy a Bucks Fizz and a pastry, followed by a reminiscence session with residents discussing their memories of the eighties in Woodley. A reminiscence session for children was also took place later in the day with toys from the 1980s on display, including Transformers, Cabbage Patch Dolls and a Rubix Cube.
Other events for children included a rhyme time for the under-fives and a royal themed children’s story time. During the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday afternoon, children enjoyed biscuit decorating, hat making and party games.
Birthday bunting was on display all week, which was created by children from schools all across Woodley. Staff at the library also created a wall frieze and time line to illustrate the special events that have taken place at the library over 3 decades. There was also a manikin on show dressed in a 1980s outfit.
Pauline Jorgensen, Executive Member for Resident Services, said “I am delighted that Woodley residents of all ages were able to enjoy such a great range of activities during this special week of birthday celebrations.”
Jo Briggs, Area Supervisor said “All sections of the community from the under-fives and their parents though to our older residents enjoyed taking part in our celebratory week”