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FOUR decades of lending books will be celebrated with a weekend that turns back the clock.

Waterlooville Library and Learning Centre will hit 40 this summer and staff are putting on a range of events for people to take part in to mark the occasion.

On Friday, June 7, from 6pm, local historian Steve Jones will be hosting a talk about the town’s past, charting its origins and development, local characters, pubs and churches over the last 200 years.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

The following day is the main day of celebrations.

The public are welcome to drop in any time from 9.30am to 4.30pm to browse the books, enjoy the photo displays and listen to live music.

There will be the chance to wander down memory lane with nostalgic quizzes, retro board games, 1970s caption competitions and even a treasure trail.

Visitors are encouraged to dress up in flares and the hippy outfits of the era when the library first opened.

Vici Ford, the assistant library manager, said: ‘We are all really, really excited about it.

‘It’s a big milestone for us and we’re very happy people are still using our library at a time of library cuts.

‘There is so much here to discover.

‘People come in all the time remarking how it has changed – even though we made the changes two years ago.

‘And in the 40 years we’ve been open we’ve probably seen four generations of some families coming through the doors.

‘I personally signed up here 30 years ago.

‘We’ve written to everyone with the same birthday as the anniversary – June 11 – and invited them in for what we hope will be a great photo opportunity.

‘The ukelele group which practises here have been asked to perform songs from the 1970s. There will be music all day. We want to see lots of people here to discover what’s new in the library.’

Waterlooville library is in The Precinct, London Road.

There are a range of free resources available to the public.

Local people will be taking part in the Living Library by revealing stories from their past, growing up in Waterlooville.

Anyone who would like to take part and tell their story can contact Vici on (023) 9225 2608.

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