PERIVALE library has officially opened after undergoing major refurbishments.
The launch event held last Saturday (22) featured children’s craft activities and story-telling, a talk by local historian Jonathan Oates, performances to Chinese songs, Indian dancing and an appearance from ‘Horrid Henry’.
Those who attended included Mayor of Ealing, councillor Kamaljit Dhindsa and MP for Ealing North Steve Pound, who both gave speeches, council leader Julian Bell, councillor Ranjit Dheer and Perivale ward councillors.
The council invested £400,000 to carry out upgrade works which included a redesign of the building’s layout to make better use of space.
A self service system and automatic entrance doors were installed, while much of the traditional wooden features were maintained. New books were also added to the collection.
Ed Rennie, Perivale ward councillor, said: “It’s fantastic in an era of unprecedented cuts that thanks to the campaigning of residents and a Labour council we've been able to invest a significant amount of money in renewing Perivale’s historic library.”
Justin Anderson, Perivale ward councillor, said: “I’m delighted that the library has been refurbished rather than closed as Labour had originally intended. This is fantastic news for Perivale residents who fought to keep it open.”
Sitarah Anjum, Perivale ward councillor, said: “I was glad to see so many local residents and kids turn up to see an old, depressed library transforming into a modern, bright and creative centre of learning and development. It is a local icon and an asset to the community.”
Perivale Library shut its doors on November 17, 2012, to allow for the developments to take place and reopened on June 18.
Hanwell Library also closed last year for improvements but will reopen on July 2, with an official launch on July 13. This event will run from 10am to 4pm and includes a range of family activities.