A LIBRARY held a fun-packed day to mark its 40th year in the town.
Fareham Library has been operating from opposite Fareham Shopping Centre, on Osborn Road, since 1973.
Since it’s launch, it has seen lots of changes, including the introduction of a coffee machine, a lounge, computers and wi-fi.
Staff held a celebration to mark the occasion, which saw childrens’ entertainers, balloons and cakes.
Manager Karen Ingram said: ‘It was a proper birthday party. It was a busy buzzy kind of day and we had twice the amount of people come through the door than we would have on a normal day.
‘It was great fun and people enjoyed themselves.’
The library held a teddy bears’ picnic as well as craft days in keeping with this summer’s children’s reading challenge, Creepy House.
In the run up to the party, the library held a competition to create the best birthday card, which was won by seven-year-old Renee Hinton, from Harrison Primary School.
Renee was given a £15 book token, donated by KMI Management Solutions, and her design was made into a cake by Gemma Pollard.
To celebrate the 40 years, a display of photographs from Fareham called Then and Now is on the walls.
Karen said: ‘We are proud of what we have achieved in 40 years and of the services we provide.
‘It’s gone from the time where you had to be very quiet, to a place where you can learn a new skill, research, relax or have a coffee and read a magazine.’
Karen said that the library’s introduction of wi-fi is proving popular, and that clubs such as the photography club have become so successful they have had to put on extra sessions.
Karen said: ‘At the end of the day, we are about books and education, all the other bits and pieces are just adding to that.’
For more information on the library, call 0845 6035631.