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The Somerset Guardian, 1st May 2024

Having access to books is possibly one of the most important things in life, especially for children.
I know that there are many families who, although they enjoy technology, wish to enjoy the innocent jollity of children’s fiction followed as they get older by great works of literature, historical tomes and encyclopaedias as well as utilising online resources. This is why public libraries have always been so central to every community since their introduction in Manchester 172 years ago and ought to be treasured and preserved.

Midsomer Norton Library members, for example, have access to circa two million items through the Libraries West Consortium. The same can be said for all the other local libraries that will be celebrated this year to mark one hundred years of services across Bath and North East Somerset.

Last weekend, I was fortunate to be invited to the fortieth anniversary of the Midsomer Norton Library, which opened on 23rd November 1984. I was delighted that so many local people attended the party. There was music, face painting, games and crafts and tea and cake for all to enjoy. It was such a joyous occasion and a befitting celebration to thank everyone who has ever been involved with giving so much to the community through their work in the libraries.

In honour of the centenary, residents have been invited to submit their favourite memories of the libraries, which will be curated into a public exhibition later this year. All submissions, including photographs, should be emailed to

Details of celebrations at Bath Central Library in July and at Keynsham Library in October will be released soon.  All information and the blog can be found on the Council’s website:

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance:

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