National Libraries Week
What used to be Book Day or National Libraries Day is now National Libraries Week, and runs in October rather than February/March. We will be holding an event celebrating books and libraries as part of this week, starting at 10:30am on Saturday October 13. As well as our usual refreshments there will be quizzes (with prizes) for adults and children, a book swap/sale stall, displays and information. If you haven't been to Cobbett recently this is also an opportunity to see the relocated and re-furnished Children's Library.
You can download a copy of the A4 poster here.
Macmillan Afternoon Tea
We held our usual Afternoon Tea on Friday September 28 to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of their World's Biggest Coffee Morning event, raising £100 for this excellent cause.
General Data Protection Regulations
The Friends' Data Policy was adopted at our AGM on September 29. You can download a copy for information.
Cobbett Birthday Party
As usual in early May, we had a party to mark Cobbett Road Library's birthday (79 this year). The theme was plants and gardening, and you can see full details on the Events & Talks Archive page.
Sadly, a few days earlier, Dot Winteridge died. There are details of the funeral service at Cobbett.
On Saturday April 7 we celebrated 100 years of women's suffrage. See the Events & Talks Archive page for more information.
Our gardeners have been successful in applying for a Community Chest grant from the City Council. The funds will be used to improve the beds around the Library, to turn the small enclosed area at the back of the building into a pleasant seating area and to provide additional planting near the statue. Plants will be chosen, in part, to cope with the heavily-polluted air at this busy road junction, and should make a contribution to absorbing that pollution.
This work is underway. The free-standing courtyard walls have been pressure-washed, and received a coat of masonry paint. The bricks are the London Rustic type with a wavy pattern, used in many Southampton buildings. Their surface detail means they used up far more paint than plain ones would have done!
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