Mayor celebrates older people at library

The Live Well with Libraries event

The Live Well with Libraries event

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ST Helens Central Library celebrated the role played by older people in the community with help from the town’s first citizen.

The local authority’s library service put on the Live Well with Libraries event to showcase new activities and services available to senior citizens.

The event was attended by the Mayor of St Helens Coun Steve Glover and was held the day before UK Older People’s Day.

Yellow Door Artists Rhyannon Parry and Naoise Johnson-Martin joined in the celebration and the Newton-le-Willows library-based Knit ‘n’ Natter group ran arts and crafts sessions.

Residents could also discuss health issues with a nurse and pick up leaflets about spotting cancer symptoms early at the NHS iVan which parked in Victoria Square.

Health trainers from St Helens Council also did checks to identify possible risks and obstacles to a healthy lifestyle.

The event was also attended by pupils from Eaves Lane Primary School who were visiting the library to learn about the history of the building and its founder, chemical magnate, philanthropist and former Mayor of St Helens Sir David Gamble.

The bust of Sir David even ended up wearing a few new knitted accessories following the arts and crafts sessions.

Mayor of St Helens Coun Steve Glover said: “We all had a wonderful time at Central Library. It was great that the young people from Eaves Lane Primary could also be there for our celebration of the borough’s older generation, as it demonstrated the remarkable things a community can do when it respects and values the contributions of all of its members.”

Older people looking to try new hobbies, socialise or take up learning opportunities can develop their confidence using the internet during Get Online Week, which runs between October 12 and 18. To find out more visit a local library.