Be part of 'Manchester Central Library at 90' events this summer

  • Wednesday 26 June 2024

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Summer festivities are hotting up at Manchester Central Library as it celebrates its 90th birthday on 17 July 2024.

A special celebratory birthday event taking place on Wednesday 17 July is hoping to have as guests of honour, 90-year-old Mancunians.

Library staff are asking for help in finding Mancunians born in the city, 90 years ago or earlier, or who are also celebrating their 90th birthdays in July and are able to attend this unique event, to get in touch with the library. Staff will send a special invite to attend this anniversary event. ( details at the end of the release).

This milestone birthday is being celebrated with a series of fun-filled events, taking place throughout the summer season and beyond.

As well as the one-off birthday celebration on 17 July, the library has already seen huge numbers of people getting involved in events as part of the 90 celebrations and anticipate many more in forthcoming events this summer season.

The celebrations launched in May with the brilliant Blue Peter Book Club Live event in Central Library which saw hundreds of families in attendance. And continues with the Blue Peter badge trail inviting families to take part in a badge hunt across the city for a special grand prize and to spread the joy of reading among children. Children will also be able to discover the Blue Peter Book Club booklist in unexpected settings as part of a series of "Book Hunt" events in Manchester parks and open spaces over the summer months.

Earlier this month, Manchester Histories Festival was a huge success and still to come for the romantics out there is the Love Stories etc Festival; heart-felt retelling of contemporary romance fiction with book signings and author talks (ticket only) on Saturday 13 July.

Councillor John Hacking, Executive Member for Leisure, Skills and Employment said:

"Manchester Central Library is now one of the most visited public libraries in the country and is loved by residents and visitors alike hosting a huge range of diverse and exciting events.

And this summer is no different as we celebrate 90 wonderful years. We could not miss the opportunity to invite residents who are celebrating their 90th birthdays to help share this very special occasion. I would urge anyone with relatives who may be able to attend to please get in contact with the library."

If you know someone who would like to attend, please contact Alison Hilton on, or Alison Hilton, Manchester City Council, Town Hall Extension, Manchester, M60 2LA.

For more library events go to Library Live

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