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Iconic Canada Water Library celebrates one million visits

Published Thursday, 27 February 2014

Canada water spiral stairs

Canada Water Library has received its one millionth visit since opening its doors to the public on 28 November 2011.

Southwark Council is celebrating this special milestone with a day long programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy on Saturday 15 March 2014.

Activities will include a family storytime session, live theatre in the library's Culture Space and a children's craft session.

As one of Southwark's newest libraries, Canada Water has won numerous architectural accolades including a Civic Trust Special Award in September 2013, with the judges praising the building as 'an iconic community asset'.

Since opening, the flagship building has not only become a popular learning space for its local community, with a monthly average of 37,000 visitors, but its culture space has also played host to some great live music, theatre and author events.

These have included a Manga animated drawing session for young people, world book night and most recently, a mini gig by singer-songwriter Zoe Devlin as a part of Southwark's All About the Band programme.

Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council said : "This really is a massive milestone for us, Canada Water Library has become a central part of the local area since 2011, and such high visitor numbers are proof of what a worthy investment it was.

"While other councils have been closing libraries, Southwark has been investing in them, and I think reaching one million visits on top of this is a fantastic achievement."

Councillor Veronica Ward, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Libraries and Sport said: "Canada Water Library has been such an important addition to Southwark's libraries. Not only are we incredibly pleased at how successful it has become as a focus point for the local community, but in particular it is great to see such high numbers of young people using the facilities.

"The wonderful programme at the culture space especially has played a huge part in this, so a big thank you to all involved."

As well as the library's special one millionth event day, Southwark libraries are also inviting residents to enter a "One in a Million" prize draw for a chance to win:

  • A golden ticket (free CD/DVD rentals for one year)
  • £100 book tokens
  • Two tickets for Canada Water Culture Space
  • Tea and cake at the Water's Edge Cafe

The draw opens on Monday 3 March and the winner will be announced on Saturday 15 March during the day's celebrations.

For more information on the draw and other activities at Canada Water Library please visit www.2.southwark.gov.uk/libraries or follow the libraries' twitter @southwarklibs

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