Was it really ten years ago?

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From the Express & Star, 12th June 2006. Click for a larger version. Thanks to the anonymous reader who supplied this!

How time flies; I received news recently of tenth birthday celebrations for Brownhills Library and Parkview Centre, which opened in it’s current home, the former Council House on Brownhills Miner Island on 11th June 2006.

Brownhills Library continues to play a huge part in community life with regular appearances and free talks by popular authors, activities for kids like the Lego Club, and lots more.

On Saturday week, there will be an all day event celebrating ten years of this great community amenity – please do pop along; there will be a cake, kids entertainment,local history displays and much more.

And let’s not forget the work of the Local Committee, who finally got the clock sorted out after 100 years lying to the town.

Walsall Council wrote:

Celebrating 10 years at Brownhills Library

On Saturday 11 June 2016 Brownhills Library will be celebrating 10 years in the Parkview Centre building and is inviting residents to a free Birthday party.

In the 10 years since the library opened its doors it has had over half a million visitors. In its first month of opening in June 2006, 120 new members joined the library, since then over 5000 new members have joined Brownhills Library.

To help the library celebrate this land mark occasion a birthday party for all ages has been organised and will include entertainment like the animal man from Animal Antics who will be dazzling and amazing children with his incredible animals, from 10.30 -11.30am.

Throughout the day there will be a range of fun things to do with prizes and giveaways and a chance to enjoy birthday cake provided by the local TESCO’s superstore.

Included in the activities will be a chance to see a special exhibition of Brownhills Past and Present provided by the photographic, local studies and archive collections of Walsall Local History Centre.

Naomi Jones, Area Librarian said of the event: ‘This celebration is a big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard, in the past and present to make Brownhills Library a fantastic place to meet, study, and learn new things.’

Brownhills Library Walsall Advertiser 24-8-06

How the Express & Star noted the increase in use of our library in 2006 – clipping kindly supplied anonymously. Click for a larger version.

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