Newcastle City Library celebrates "amazing" first year with giant artistic birthday card

By Culture24 Staff | 09 June 2010
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City leaders have hailed an "amazing" 12 months for Newcastle's City Library after the £40 million building celebrated its first birthday with an enormous birthday card signed by visitors in a series of artist-led workshops.

Local illustrator Bethan Laker inspired residents to list their favourite corners of the six-floor tower and name the best events they had attended there for the huge card, which was presented at the library on Monday (June 7).

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Local children helped celebrate a successful first year for the shiny new library

It also contained highlights from the year, including an official opening by the Queen, appearances by numerous acclaimed authors and public figures and prizes from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Public Private Finance Awards.

"This has been an amazing first year for the City Library and I would like to invite the whole of Newcastle to join us in celebrating this important birthday," said Councillor Pauline Allen, Newcastle City Council's Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Customer Service.

A photo of a pair of women standing either side of a giant birthday card

The card featured highlights from the opening 12 months at the City Library and favourite moments from visitors who contributed

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who have been involved in the development of the library, including the city's many community groups, partners and our excellent staff."

More than a million people have entered the building in the year, borrowing more than 570,000 books, DVDs and CDs.

Images: Steve Brock

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