- Haringey Libraries
FORE! History Publication
Alexandra Park Library
Eleven years of campaigning
have given Alexandra Park Library Support
Group a strong base in the community. The
support group has offered an eclectic series of talks and demonstrations,
hosts an annual Christmas Party and provides both donated and purchased
books and videos for the library. The Chair, Margaret Bark, has recently
retired after many active years (she was also leader of FORE!
when it was the Haringey Library Support Groups)
and the group is reforming. Their newsletter goes to over 400 supporters.
Central Library (Wood
Much of the foreign language
stock is held here, and it is the main library for the center of the borough.
Government grants helped to provide a Learning Centre and a number of computers
for public use. Several reading groups operate from Central and there is
space to host art exhibitions. The outside of the library is in poor condition
and there is a possibliity that it will be relocated nearby in Haringey
Coombes Croft Library
This small library serves
several schools and a large group of elderly readers. At one time a local
oral history group met here. A new ramp and forecourt was provided in 1999
through local and national grants. For some time Coombes Croft has been
under threat of a move to elsewhere in the area but nothing is yet decided.
Highgate Library serves the West
of the borough, along the Archway Road to Crouch End. It has an excellent Junior
library and is housed in a pleasant Edwardian purpose-built building which is
approaching its centenary. There is an active support group - HLAG
(Highgate Library Action Group) - which has been
working for the library since 1989. Activities such as a Book Group and early
evening meetings on various topics keep it lively, children's events are supported,
and books are purchased and donated on a regular basis. The newsletter - "HLAGNEWS"
- is delivered to 400 households. There is a separate HLAG
website within the LLL pages click
to link to HLAG News.
Hornsey Library was purpose
built in 1965 as the main library in Hornsey Borough, and it is one of
the busiest in Haringey, located as it is in the Crouch End area. It houses
a large Reserve collection as well as an excellent Audio stock and has
a good Children's library section. The support group formed in 1990 in
response to threat of closure is now "resting".
Marcus Garvey Library
The Tottenham area's main
library is Marcus Garvey, which is located on two floors within the Leisure
Centre . It contains a Learning Centre as well as an integral Black History
Library ("The Marcus Garvey Library") and a large Children's section. Recent
plans to co-locate a One Stop Shop within the library - or to reduce book
space to one floor - have been fought by the support group, Friends
of Marcus Garvey.
Muswell Hill Library
Sited in a listed building
within the Muswell Hill shopping area, this library has has a long and
distinguished history from its early days in Hornsey Borough. On the first
floor there is a Children's library and a Toy Library. A disabled access
was recently installed.The Muswell Hill Library
Support Group was
formed eleven years ago and has a committee of seven. It offers regular
events and a newsletter (which reaches 350 people) and has a reading group
St Ann's Library
Threatened by closure,
St. Ann's swiftly formed a support group - St.
Ann's Library Campaign - and worked successfully
to foil the plan. It is a small but well-used library, with a large childrens
section and a Toy Library created and staffed by parents. As it is within
a Regeneration Area, funds are now available to improve the library (perhaps
to relocate and rebuild it as part of community centre) and a feasibility
study is planned for 2001.
Stroud Green Library
Stroud Green Library is
the oldest library in the borough. It was formally opened to the public
in January 1901. Friends of Stroud Green Library
celebrated the first of a number of events to mark this centennial.
On Friday 26th January
classes from the local primary school, with their headmistress, attended
an event in the library and were presented with commemorative coins (minted
for 150 years of Public Libraries).
On Saturday 27th January
an open day was held in the library. This was a very well attended event.
Dunn's (the Crouch
End Baker) contributed the Birthday Cake, and a poster competition, raffle,
historical exhibition and the signing of the Centennial visitor's book
made for an interesting and enjoyable start to the centennial programme.
2001 FORE, all rights reserved.