THE creator of Bob The Builder will help Ellesmere Port Library celebrate 50 years of lending books.

The current town centre library was officially opened to the public on May 7, 1962 by Lord and Lady Leverhulme with a presentation from the Mayor.

Built by local firm Thomas Warrington and Sons Ltd, and designed by Richard Kelly, it was made to match the Civic Hall it faces.

Over the years the library has undergone a number of changes. In 1973 a new octagonal-shaped extension was added to the back of the building. Further refurbishments were carried out in 1999/2000 to include a new meeting room and a passenger lift to all floors.

The library received its most recent refurbishment in 2011 with the installation of self-service technology, a new carpet and redecoration throughout and new public toilet facilities.

Next month, the library will be celebrating with a number of free events.

A 50th birthday storytime will take place on Thursday, May 3 from 2-2.30pm, when Ellesmere Port mayor Angela Claydon will read a story and the Book Start Bear will join in the fun.

There is no need to book a place. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Tuesday, May 8, Curtis Jobling, designer of hit children’s television show Bob The Builder and the author/illustrator of numerous children’s books, will appear at the library between 9.30-10.15am.

He will read from his many books and entertain children and parents with live illustrations of all characters from his TV shows.

The event is suitable for preschool children, and there is no need to book. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

A coffee morning for older people from 10am-noon on Wednesday, May 9, will allow people older than the library to try one of the library’s Wii games consoles.

A junior craft event on Saturday, May 12, will invite people to make and decorate a crown at the library.

Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

An exhibition of photographs in the library will run throughout May. As well as photos of the library there will also be pictures of Ellesmere Port from the past 50 years.

For further information, call the library on 0151 337 4685 or visit