St Ann’s Library has celebrated its 80th anniversary, with residents attending a celebratory event with flamenco guitar playing, photography and poetry.
The event started with a welcome speech by Madam Deputy Mayor, Councillor Shelia Peacock. Visitors also heard a reading from local poet Abe Gibson, and there was face painting for younger guests.
The era the library was opened in Tottenham was evoked with a 1930s photographic exhibition, book display and a 1938 film screened.
Cllr Zena Brabazon, Cabinet Member for Civic Services, attended the event. She said:
Libraries play a vital role in the community, and it was fantastic to see residents coming together to celebrate 80 years of St Ann’s. We can all enjoy our libraries, whether it is attending craft, singing or poetry sessions, joining free computer training classes, or picking up your favourite book. Haringey has some wonderful libraries and we had a fantastic day celebrating St Ann’s.
St Ann’s was built to a high standard of design and encouraged readers and literacy in the 1930s. All these years later in the 21st century, it is still providing a wonderful public service – and shows the value of public services more than ever.