Happy 40th birthday Homerton Library


The local community came to together on Saturday 7 June, to celebrate the 40th birthday of Homerton Library. 

The fun packed day of free activities hosted by Hackney Council included face painting, badge making, storytelling and free herbs from Have a go Gardening. 

The day began with a four kilometer History of Homerton Heritage Walk. African Voice of the Djembe Drums really got the party started with their wonderful uplifting sounds. DJ’s from the Vinyl Library continued the celebrations with a selection of old 45’s. For some of the younger guests it was their first introduction to vinyl and a record player. 

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
Libraries can play such an important role in the community and Homerton is a wonderful example of this. It’s a real community hub with so much on offer. People love Homerton library and its helpful and friendly staff. Hackney Council recognises this, which is why it is committed to keeping all our libraries open and maintaining some of the longest opening hours in the country.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Later in the evening, Sam Berkson, Aka ‘Angry Sam’ and ‘Uncle’, Errol McGlashan wowed the audience with their witty and passionate performance poetry. Sam performed his Ode to the bicycle which is based mainly on his experiences of cycling in Hackney.  

Hackney Society, Vital EET Supplementary School and Imogen’s Jam also had stalls in the library foyer. 

Hackney Council’s libraries have over a quarter of a million books, 57,000 DVDs and CDs just waiting to be borrowed, and all for free.

More detailed information about what’s happening in local libraries is available at here.


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