Fallowfield Community Library at The Place, Platt Lane celebrated 85 years this month, serving the community of Fallowfield and surrounding areas. Originally called Wilbraham Library when it first opened its doors in 1932, renamed to Fallowfield Cultural Centre in 1983, it is now a community library at the Place, Platt Lane.

A full programme of activities were organised for the afternoon celebration, with help from the volunteers at The Place. A mood room for adults to enjoy creative art workshops, fabric bag painting for all the family, face painting and bouncy castle for the younger members and plentiful refreshments to feed the crowds! Poetry reading from local poet Mike Garry, Councillor Grace Fletcher-Hackwood and library volunteer Ann drew a large crowd of all ages.

Archives+ brought along some archive materials including the first book to be borrowed from the library in 1932, The medieval woodwork of Manchester Cathedral by Henry A Hudson. Archives+ crafts activities for the young ones tied into the summer reading challenge, with the theme Animal Agents. Greenscreen fun brought all ages together as budding young journalists interviewed older members of the community to hear about their memories of Fallowfield Library over the years, resulting in the short film below.

The afternoon was a great success, the community really came to together to share their love of Fallowfield, with over 500 people attending. Showing passion and commitment to their Library, the future certainly looks bright for this longstanding community treasure.