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Hoo Library celebrates 30th birthday

Date: 29/12/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

In January, Hoo Library celebrates its 30th birthday. The library was originally set up in the early 1950s by Rev. Norman of Hoo St Werburgh Church. It was situated in a room above the Village Institute and run by a lady called Mrs Gough, with a stock of around 100 books. In 1960 the library moved into an annexe to the fire station, a building that had sometimes been used as a morgue for bodies retrieved from the River Medway. In the 1970s the library made its last move, into the old school in Church Street. A large extension was added and the old porch retained - on the brickwork are the indentations where the pupils used to sharpen their slate pencils. The original school dates back to 1894. Today the library building is light and airy, offering a wide range of free services from books to computers and it hosts regular activities such as Baby Bounce and Rhyme and adult craft sessions. If you have any memories of the early days of the current library, Hoo Library staff would love to hear from you. Contact them at Hoo Library, Church Street, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9AL. Phone 01634 250640 or email hoo.library@medway.gov.uk