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Cradley Library is 78 years old

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

  • Jill Guest at Cradley Library

  • The key that opened the library in 1936

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IT all began in 1936, and tomorrow Cradley folk, in particular members of the Cradley Then and Now History Group and the Friends of Cradley Library, will be celebrating the 78th anniversary of the opening of Cradley Library.

Jill Guest from Cradley Then and Now has been in touch with further details about the celebrations and more news about future events at the history group. Jill told us,"What a fabulous success story for the people of Cradley with its library notching up 78 years when, in the country over the last few years, many have come under threat and some have closed or moved.

"The building was built when books were the mainstay for exploring the world we live in, sharpening our minds and improving our education. These days the mainstay is computers and the internet, but the library has adapted to the changing times and proudly embraced the new technology. The Friends of Cradley Library invite everyone to their coffee morning, tomorrow, Friday March 28, between 10.30am and noon, when there will be, I'm sure, many stories and anecdotes swapped about the history of the library.

"Can I also take this opportunity to mention the next meeting of the Cradley Then and Now, which will be held at Park Lane Church Hall, Netherend, on Monday April 14 at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Marion Southall who will be talking about her memories of the Halesowen Institute and Great Cornbow."

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