70th Anniversary of Cross Gates Library

The 14th December 2009 will be the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Percival Leigh Branch Library in Cross Gates. The library was opened in December 1939 on the site of an old farm at one time owned by John Wilson of Seacroft. Designed by local architect Charles Castelow and named after Percival Leigh, former Lord Mayor of Leeds and chairman of the Libraries and Arts Committees, the library was regarded as one of the finest examples of its kind, not just in Britain but world wide. To commemorate the opening and celebrate the years of service the library has provided to the area, ELHAS and Library Services have combined to offer a week long series of events starting on Saturday 12th December.

The complete programme is as follows :

Sat 12th Dec
10.30am - 11.00am Children's Quiz & Colouring Competition
11.00am - 12.00 noon 'Bob's your Uncle ', Entertainer & Magician
12.00 noon - 1.00pm Buffet Lunch
1.00pm - 20..pm David Owens Talk, 'History on our Doorstep'

Mon 14th Dec
5.45pm - 7.00pm Local Author talk, Frances McNeil

Tues 15th Dec
2.00pm - 3.00pm Illustrated talk by Jacki & Bob Lawrence 'Cross Gates
Past & Present'

Wed 16th Dec
11.00am - 11.30am Carol Concert by Pupils of Manston St James School
6.00pm - 7.00pm Local Crime Author Talk, Robert Barnard

Thurs 17th Dec
2.00pm - 4.00pm Family History Drop-In Session led by Bob Lawrence

Fri 18th Dec
Illustrated talk by Michele Lefevre, 'Life in Leeds during WW11

Sat 19th Dec
11.00 - 12.00 noon Saturdads Club, Dads & Under5's Festive Fun

All of the above events will take place in the library.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy during the week, so please come along and join in the fun. We would be especially delighted to welcome former staff members and any one who used the library during its very early years.

Details of all the above programme are listed in a leaflet available from the library. For more information on the history of the library please see issue 14 of 'The Leeds History Journal' available in the Library or see the 'Publications' page on this website.