Official reopening of Osterley Library
Osterley Library has reopened to the public following its full refurbishment.
The new-look library has been massively improved to make better use of its space and provide a more comfortable and efficient building. The complete makeover has seen a new, improved layout for the library, designed to offer much more flexible use of the space and to expand the use of the building for the local community. It includes new books, new computers with internet access, free wi-fi, a new space for young people, new furniture and the reinstatement of toilets for customers.
The refurbishment of the library forms forms part of a £4.5million investment in to the borough library portfolio and is the first of four library schemes to be delivered this year.
Residents are invited to come and see the transformation on Sunday 1st August when the Mayor of Hounslow Councillor Colin Ellar, will formally re-open the library at 3.15pm followed by a few words from the lead member for leisure and culture Cllr Grewal.
Cllr Grewal said:
“Libraries are there for the community, and this refurbishment will give local people the chance to take advantage of some significant improvements. As well as better facilities and improved internet access for everyone, we haven’t forgotten the importance of investing in new books for the community to enjoy.”
The newly transformed library will welcome its first special guest at the launch, Tom Cain, acclaimed journalist and fictional author of titles such as Assassin, The Accident Man and the Survivor. Tom will be sharing his views on the importance of libraries as well as talking about his own work and answering questions from the audience. Visitors to the library will be some of the first in the country to find out about Tom’s new novel, “Dictator”, to be released in August as he will also be book signing copies on the day.
The refurbishment of Osterley Library forms part of an afternoon activities being held by the Friends of Jersey Gardens and the Osterley Bowls Club. The Friends of Jersey Gardens Annual Summer Fair took place in Jersey Gardens Park, next to the library and was an afternoon of activities, music and fun.
Winnie the Witch, a popular children’s character wasl also be at the fair and held storytime activities in the library throughout the course of the day.
Library customers and local residents were invited to join the celebration and join the library for a glass of bubbly to thank them for their patience during the refurbishment work and celebrate the library's re-opening.
August 2, 2010