Midhurst library celebrates successful first year

Library manager Gareth Edmunds celebrates the library's first anniversary at the Grange Centre
Library manager Gareth Edmunds celebrates the library's first anniversary at the Grange Centre
  • Midhurst Library moved from Knockhundred Row to The Grange Leisure Centre in 2014
  • Seen a record number of visitors in the last 12 months
  • New workshops and sessions lined up for 2015

BOOKWORMS across the area have helped make Midhurst library one of the most popular in the county.

Tuesday, March 31, marked the first anniversary of Midhurst Library’s reopening in the Grange Leisure Centre.

Library users and staff members were invited to a coffee morning held to celebrate an extremely successful first year.

The library moved from Knockhundred Row to the Grange on March 31, 2014 and over the last twelve months there have been 85,365 visits and 61,947 books, story CDs and DVDs have been borrowed.

This is 20,000 more items than at the old library over the same period of time.

And some 868 new borrowers have now joined the library since the move to its new home.

Gareth Edmunds chats to library visitors

Gareth Edmunds chats to library visitors

More than forty adults and children attended the coffee morning and enjoyed refreshments and birthday cake cut at 11am by library manager Gareth Edmunds.

Mr Edmunds, who is also the manager at Petworth and Chichester libraries, said the response from the public has been fantastic.

“We have been really pleased with the way everything has gone since the library moved from Knockhundred Row last year.

“The library is open seven days a week and is working closely with the Westgate Leisure staff which has been really productive.

The year has sped by, and we have achieved a lot in that time

“The year has just sped by, and we have achieved a lot in that time.

“It’s all going fantastically well and a lot of customers say really nice things.”

There was also the opportunity to play board games, coinciding with the board games sessions which have recently launched at the library and are held on the second Tuesday of the month, from 10.30am-midday.

In the afternoon, children aged four to seven were treated to a Mad Hatter’s Tea party with a story and craft activity.

For the under 5s, a toddler time is held every Monday from 2.15pm-2.45pm.

Mr Edmunds added: “We get a lot of parents and children using the library while we also have brilliant links with local primary schools, particularly Midhurst and Easebourne.

“We come in at 9am and the library will have already been opened by the leisure centre staff, and when we leave in the evening the library remains open until 11pm.

“It really is there for the community to use at any time. We are also getting a lot of use from Petworth residents.”