Calling all library lovers!
Middlesbrough’s historic Central Library is inviting everyone to join staff on Tuesday, May 8 to celebrate its 100th birthday.
It’s hoped to mark the centenary with at least 100 people linking hands around the Carnegie library building at 1pm.
The Big Hug will be a gesture of public appreciation for a fabulous building and an expression of the importance of libraries to the whole community.
The Hug will be the centrepiece of a fun-packed day of events, with a librarian in early 20th Century period dress leading tours of the building at 10am and again at 2.30pm.
At 12.15pm a procession of civic dignitaries and library staff will cross Centre Square to the library gates in a recreation of the opening ceremony of 1912.
Upstairs in the Reference Library Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon will lead proceedings as the Central Library’s big birthday cake is cut and shared with users and supporters.
The library has also held a competition to find a new piece of art to mark the occasion and this will be on display alongside other works on the day.
Librarian Jenny Parker said: “The Central Library’s centenary is a celebration of a very special building that has seen many changes in the town over the last hundred years.
“It has enormous cultural and social value, and belongs to everyone who lives in the town.
“That’s why everyone is invited to the party on Tuesday, May 8 when they can show their affection for this grand old building with a Big Hug.
“It’s an occasion not to be missed, so I hope as many people as possible, of all ages, will come along and join in the fun.”
For further information please contact Jenny Parker at Middlesbrough Reference Library on 01642 729410.