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Mirfield Library to mark 75th anniversary this weekend

The day will begin at 10.15, and there will be music performances and activities

Mirfield Library is holding a day of celebrations this Saturday (18 May) to mark its 75th anniversary.

The day, which has been organised by the Friends of Mirfield Library group, will begin at 10.15 for an anniversary walk which will be followed by an opening ceremony by the Mayor of Mirfield. Throughout the afternoon there will be musical performances and activities, with the event closing at 16.00 with words from the Deputy Mayor.

People are invited to wear 1940s/50s clothing, and WW2 displays are set to take place outside. There will also be demonstrations from library groups, a tombola, a quiet area and refreshments.

Anniversary poster. Image: Friends of Mirfield Library.

The library has made headlines in recent months as one the eight that Kirklees Council is looking to make ‘community-run‘, with work ongoing to “establish the feasibility” of a community-managed model. This left members of the friends of group “staggered”, urging the local authority to re-think its plans.

The library has a history spanning over 200 years, being housed in Easthorpe Lodge which was built in 1819 by John Crowther – a local maltster. The lodge was sold to the council in 1937 with the death of the last family member – Annie Firth Crowther. 

A sum of £630 had been allocated for the adaptation of the building into a library, and this would go on to open for the first time on 3 November 1948. 

The first person to use the Library was a boy named Tony Scorah. He was a pupil at the Mirfield Grammar School at the time and bought the novel ‘Robinson Crusoe’ with a book token.

Over the years the Library has been refurbished and computerised. Two extensions were added to the house in 1983. A further expansion took place in the late 1980s when several features of the original building were retained including the beautiful stained glass window and gardens.

Today it is a busy thriving Library that is home to many groups including knitting, sewing, crafts, art, walking, coffee clubs, community support, books and spoken word, children’s sessions, Lego, board games, mindfulness and chair yoga.

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