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Sunday, October 27, 2013
A special celebration was held at a coastal library to mark a milestone in its long history.
Staff at Mundesley Library were joined by bookworms and councillors to toast its 50th birthday in the village.
The shelves were decorated with balloons and the usual hushed surroundings were replaced with chatter and cheers as a birthday cake was cut to mark the milestone year.
Mundesley Library - the smallest coastal library in the county - officially opened on October 22, 1963. But the building has a long association with books and reading, as it was previously home to a school.
Believed to have been built in the 19th century the property was originally a church school. It closed in the early part of the 20th century with the opening of the village’s “new” school in Trunch Road, but evidence of its teaching past can still be seen through the large terracotta sign by the entrance stating “boys entrance”.
From 1952 it then became a parish hall, administered by the parochial church council, before being transformed into the library.
As well as Tuesday’s celebrations, the library has also been hosting an exhibition detailing its history, which runs until Friday, November 1. People with memories of the library are welcome to pop along and share their stories.
■ For details about how to become a library member and opening times visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries