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Scottish news - Leith library celebrates eightieth birthday

18 July 2012

Scottish news - Leith library celebrates eightieth birthday

Leith Library marks its eightieth birthday with a week of celebrations.

Leith Library is hosting a series of fun and family-friendly events to mark the eightieth birthday of the library building. On 20 July, 1932, the Leith Library and New Town Hall was officially opened, fulfilling a promise made by the City Council when the burgh of Leith was amalgamated into the Capital.

In July 2012, the City of Edinburgh Council is celebrating eighty years of Leith Library by showcasing the wide range of services which are now provided in the one location and celebrating the strength of community and shared history.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Leisure Convener, said: 'Leith Library has evolved a lot over its 80-year lifetime and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the wide range of different services on offer there. With a busy programme of events offering something to interest and engage residents of all ages, we're looking forward to making this an anniversary to remember.'

The events culminate in a day of celebrations on 20 July 2012, when the library will be transported back to the 1930s with music and reminiscence from those who remember its grand opening, as well as a display of library artefacts and documents.

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