Roxeth Library celebrates 60 years serving community

Local author and historian Syd Dean

Local author and historian Syd Dean

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A library marked its 60th birthday with an event celebrating the history of Roxeth and South Harrow.

Six decades on from its opening ceremony on March 22, 1954, Roxeth Library in Northolt Road, marked its anniversary with an appearance from local author and historian Syd Dean.

After showing a short DVD looking at Roxeth and South Harrow now and then, Mr Dean spoke affectionately about his memories of growing up in the area before taking questions and memories from the audience.

Before Roxeth library was set up, South Harrow residents were reliant on shops to lend books for a small charge – something Mr Dean said he did regularly.

Now Roxeth's is one of ten libraries in Harrow and Mr Dean hopes people will continue to make use of the excellent facilities available.

“I don’t think people use the library as much as they could. I think it’d be really nice if more young people came in and used the library,” he said.

“Unfortunately, it’s one of those things, with technology now; they’re sitting at home playing video games.”

Organiser Joanne Payne, service development specialist for Harrow Libraries said: “I was really pleased with the turnout.

“It was brilliant to see so many local residents coming along, sharing their memories and enjoying the talk.”

The memories event was part of a two-day celebration and on Saturday, exactly 60 years since the library first opened its doors to the public, it hosted a free craft event, in which children and families were invited to create a mosaic to help the library celebrate its birthday.

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