Jersey Library service is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Halkett Place building next month with a range of one-off activities including a reading “selfie” competition and a look back at the 1980s.
The Town Library was opened on 25 May 1989 by Queen Elizabeth II and has become a popular part of Island life, with more than 367,000 visits and 313,000 books lent out every year.
Chief Librarian Ed Jewell said: “The Town Library is a very special place within Jersey’s community, free to all, where visitors of any age can explore the past, prepare for the future and make sense out of today. In the lead-up to the silver anniversary, the Jersey Library team wants to celebrate reading in all its many forms and to discover the most inventive and obscure places people read.”
Readers are invited to send a photo of themselves reading their favourite book in an unusual and interesting place to either firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/JerseyLibrary, on Twitter @JerseyLibrary, or by post to Jersey Library, Halkett Place, St Helier, JE2 4WH.
There are two prize categories – 15 and under, and 16 and over. Jersey Library will post the best photos on its Facebook page and on Monday 26 May the Library Staff will select two winners who will receive vouchers donated by WH Smiths and the Channel Islands Co-Operative Society. (Full terms and conditions can be found on the Jersey Library’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/JerseyLibrary )
During May the Town Library will be celebrating all aspects of the Eighties, with displays looking back at fashion, food and literature from 1989 and the building and opening of the Library itself. On Wednesday 28 May the Children’s Library will be holding a very special birthday party starting at 2:00pm. Free tickets will be available from the beginning of May.
Since it was founded in 1729, the Jersey Library Service has expanded far beyond the walls of the Town Library, with a mobile library, a duel use school and branch library, a rapidly growing digital library and dedicated services to housebound customers, schools and pre-schools.