Week of events to toast 50 years of Rubery Library

By Tristan Harris Thursday 09 January 2014 Updated: 15/01 01:09

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Buy photos » Local author Mark Norton will be at Rubery Library on Monday (January 13) as part of its 50th birthday celebrations. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0214008MMR

RUBERY Library will officially celebrate its 50th birthday this Thursday (January 16).

The venue, which has been there for thousands of readers during the last half-century, has organised a week of activities for both regular visitors and newcomers.

Tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 3pm, there will be a display if 1960s items by Worcestershire County Council’s Archive and Archaeology Department and the Lickey Hills Society. There will also be face-painting from 10am to 12midday.

From tomorrow (Saturday) until next Saturday (January 18), there is an exhibition of artwork done by members of a Birmingham and Solihull mental health group.

Youngsters of all ages can also get involved in marking the marvellous milestone - a competition is being held for children aged between three and six and seven and ten to design a celebration bookmark. And for those from 11 to 15 years old, there is a celebration-themed writing and poetry competition.

Then on Monday (January 13), at 7.15pm, local photographer and author Mark Norton will give a presentation with pictures on Rubery in the 1960s.

Admission, which includes coffee, is £1 per person.

The celebrations will continue into the week, when guest speaker Annie Murray comes to Rubery Library at 2.30pm on Wednesday (January 15). The author has written a number of novels set in Birmingham, including Birmingham Blitz, the Chocolate Girls and the Bells of Bournville Green.

Tickets for that, which include coffee, are £3.

On Thursday (January 16), the actual day of the 50th anniversary, there will be a coffee morning with a celebration cake at 10.30am. There will also be free taster sessions on that day - Ancestry Online will take place between 1pm and 2pm and January Sales Online Shopping from 2pm to 3pm.

A busy week for Rubery Library will be rounded off next Saturday (January 18) with property marking of bikes or other valuables from 10am to 12midday and three more free taster sessions. There will be Jewellery Making, from 10am to 12midday, Watercolour Painting from 12midday to 2pm and Creative Writing between 2pm and 4pm.

The library’s customer adviser Barbara Trickett said: “We thought the anniversary would be a good time to invite people from the local area to help us celebrate everything the library has done in the last 50 years.”

For more on the events, email ruberylib@worcestershire.gov.uk or call 01905 822722.

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