Balsall Heath goes back in time

By on 29/07/2009 in News

Balsall Heath Library returns to the Victorian era when it officially reopens later this week.

The library returned to service earlier this month following a nine-month closure for extensive roof repairs.

And, to celebrate the return of a much-loved community resource, Balsall Heath Local History Society will be dressing up as Victorians for a special ribbon cutting ceremony on July 30 (1pm).

They will be joined by youngsters from St. Paul's playscheme, underlining the importance of the library to future generations in the community.

In addition to major roof repairs, the building has undergone extensive damp proofing, while changes to the internal layout now provide a more user friendly service. Work on the library, which first opened in 1895, is ongoing.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture, said: “The library is an invaluable resource for the people of Balsall Heath and we're delighted this historic library has now reopened to serve the community. The repair work was essential but we've also taken the opportunity to make improvements.”

Sharon Lea, Acting Strategic Director of Environment and Culture, added: “Libraries now provide a number of vital services within a community, including access to the internet, information and advice, so it's great to see Balsall Heath Library open once more.”
Throughout the summer visitors to the library can view a photographic exhibition depicting Balsall Heath's longest running annual community event, the Balsall Heath Carnival by local photographer Tom Fenn.

Note for editors
Photographic opportunity at Balsall Heath Library, Moseley Road 1pm July 30.

For further information on St. Paul’s Community Development Trust and Balsall Heath Local History Society call Peter Cole on 0121 464 4376.

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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