Norfolk’s smallest coastal library prepares to mark special birthday

Bookworms of all ages are invited to share their memories of Mundesley Library when it celebrates its 50th birthday later this month.

Staff will gather with customers and councillors to mark the popular facility's milestone year, with the cutting of a special birthday cake.

The 19th century building that houses the library at 18 Cromer Road began life as a church school and later became a parish hall before it was transformed into the library, which opened on 22 October, 1963.

Margaret Wilkinson, cabinet member for communities at Norfolk County Council, said: 'We welcome both old and new visitors to Norfolk's libraries and would love people to come along and share their stories about Mundesley Library.

'The current library is one of several thought to have been present in the village during the 19th and 20th century and we would also like to hear from people who know more about these.'

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Librarian Jacqueline Salter added: 'Many things have changed in libraries over 50 years, for example use of the Internet and access to electronic books but our excellent customer service has not. Customers continue to receive a friendly welcome from committed and knowledgeable staff at Mundesley Library.'

The birthday celebrations will run from 2pm - 5.30pm at the library on October 22. It is also hosting an exhibition from Friday (October 18) - Friday, November 1, giving visitors another opportunity to come and share their memories of the library.

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