New chapter begins as Larbert Library turns ten

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Book lovers gathered to celebrate the opening of a new chapter as Larbert Library marked its tenth anniversary in style.

Past and present users of the purpose-built Hallam Road facility turned out for a public party complete with a photographic display of old memories on Wednesday, August 22.

Guests of all ages were invited to take part in the big birthday bash, which included a Bookbug session, and leave their good wishes on a specially designed board.

Initially set up in the Dobbie Hall, Larbert Library was later moved to Main Street in Stenhousemuir in the 1970s before closing in March 2008 — yet it has always retained its original title.

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The current building, which first served the public in April of that year, was officially opened on August 22, 2008 and was constructed as part of a regeneration of Stenhousemuir.

Despite the change of settings a decade ago, three staff members who worked in the old library remain employees at Larbert Library to this day.

Now a thriving modern space, the library serves everyone from babies to grandparents and offers a wide range of reading material and PC access.

There are also baby and toddler Bookbug sessions, Storytime gatherings, adult and children’s book groups, code clubs and a host of other activities which take place at the facility.

Gavin Johnstone, FCT community hub librarian, said: “Ten years ago library staff and customers welcomed the opportunity move to a new purpose-built facility.

“Over the years we have been thrilled by the response of our local community to the library and feel privileged to have welcomed so many customers.”

Larbert Library, like all libraries in the region, is managed and operated by Falkirk Community Trust (FCT).

Anyone who lives, works or studies in the Falkirk area is entitled to a free FCT library membership. For more details, go to the website.