Library’s 40 years is celebrated 70s style

CELEBRATION Waterlooville Library manager, Jill Welfare and daughter Emily
CELEBRATION Waterlooville Library manager, Jill Welfare and daughter Emily
Tributes left outside Fareham Academy.

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THE CLOCK rolled back to the 1970s when a library celebrated a milestone in the style of the decade taste forgot.

Readers joined staff at Waterlooville Library in The Precinct in wearing flares, beads and hippy headdresses at the day-long party to mark 40 years since it first opened.

There were drumming workshops by Drum Runners, which more than 60 people enjoyed.

The Living Library project was a success with the public learning about volunteering as a puppy socialiser and listening to author Dee Williams talk about her life and writing.

Vici Ford, the library’s deputy manager, said: ‘Everyone loved the chance to dress up as they would have done in the 1970s.

‘The retro games also went down well – one young lad was determined not to go home until he’d beaten his dad at Connect 4.

‘The treasure trail was a good way to see everything that we’d put on and to discover all of the services that the library offers.

‘Every entry received a bag of retro sweets and will go into a draw to win a voucher to spend at The Rainbow Toy Shop in Waterlooville.

‘The atmosphere was great, there was a real buzz in the library and I think everyone appreciated all of the hard work that the library staff had put into the day.

‘We’re looking forward to welcoming local schools into the library to find out how the library has changed over the last 40 years with interactive games, races, a trail and the chance to get into character and pose under the glitter ball by our dancefloor backdrop.’

Some of the people who attended the party were not members of the library and joined up after enjoying the day.