Wanstead library to reopen Friday after three month closure

PUBLISHED: 14:30 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 13 July 2017

Budding artists were given the chance to get hands-on at the Art Trail Wanstead launch fair at Wanstead Library.

Budding artists were given the chance to get hands-on at the Art Trail Wanstead launch fair at Wanstead Library.

Donna Mizzi

Book lovers will be relieved to learn that Wanstead library is set to reopen tomorrow with a dazzling new look.

After a leak caused extensive damage to the floor to the library, in Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, the building was closed for three months.

Now, bibliophiles can get ready to browse the shelves once more as staff formally celebrate the reopening of the building tomorrow and Saturday.

Tomorrow (Friday), staff are hosting a Memories of Wanstead Heritage Teatime Event from 2.30 to 3.30pm.

There are limited free places available so please call South Woodford Library on 020 8708 9067 or click here to book.

There is also a free family fun day on Saturday from 10.30am to 3pm, featuring activities for all including balloon modelling, face painting, craft activities and more.

Councillor Sheila Bain, cabinet member for civic pride, said, “We’re delighted to have made these fantastic improvements to Wanstead Library.

“This is part of our wider programme of refurbishing our libraries across the Borough to improve the services they offer our residents and visitors, despite cuts from central government placing tremendous strain on Council funding.

“Libraries are a wonderful community resource for all our residents and I’m so pleased to reopen the newly improved Wanstead Library.”

Extensive improvement works have taken place on the library including a full redecoration, installing new furniture and shelving and a number of repairs including a new floor throughout the library.

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said: “The new, flexible layout allows the library to programme more creatively and cater for diverse activities, while still allowing customers to access and enjoy core library services.”

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