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Didsbury Library, Where I and many others learned to enjoy reading


The rich history of Didsbury Library will be explored during centenary celebrations. Funded by world-famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the iconic building has provided books to village residents for 100 years.

It was Didsbury’s most famous son Alderman Fletcher Moss who persuaded Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to pay for a library.

Carnegie stumped up the cash while Manchester’s City Architect Henry Price - who also created Chorlton Library and Withington Baths - was enlisted to design it.

The Grade II listed library was eventually opened using a golden key on May 15, 1915.

To mark the anniversary, there will be a series of free events from Monday, May 11, ending with a day-long festival.

A vintage market, children’s crafts, face painting, bands, exhibitions and displays will all be part of the fun during the birthday party, between 10am – 4pm on Saturday, May 16.

 

Library manager Jane Riley said: “It’s a beautiful building to work in. Really it’s the heart of the village.

“The residents in Didsbury are very willing and enthusiastic to be involved and they do care about what is going on and how things look and that’s made the planning of the centenary so much easier.”

Libraries boss Neil MacInnes said: “Didsbury Library has been at the heart of the community for generations and we look forward to welcoming residents of all ages to its centenary celebrations.”

Youngsters can enjoy a centenary tea party from 2pm on Monday, May 11, while staff will invite customers to look at memory boxes and local images at 2pm on Tuesday. A talk from bestselling crime writer Chris Simms will start at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Local groups can promote their services from 10am on Wednesday. And there will be a chance to see rare archives from Central Library’s local history collection and the Didsbury archives from 10am on Thursday. On Friday, a Digital Drop In day will demonstrate new technologies such as 3D printing, from 10am.

 

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