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Enfield Libraries wish happy 100th birthday to special resident

Published Monday, 08 April 2013

A local resident who has been using Enfield Libraries since 1945 will celebrate her 100th birthday on the 22nd April, but it will be business as usual as she will receive her regular delivery of books

Mrs Gathergood

Mrs Gladys Gathergood from St George's Road, Enfield, started using the Mobile Library Service when she moved to the borough in 1945, and recalls the librarians in those days were extremely strict and wouldn’t let people speak inside them! She also remembers that back then any borrowed books would be wrapped in brown paper to stop them being damaged.

She began using Enfield libraries when her youngest daughter was six, and her daughter is now 74.

In 2011 as she was no longer able to visit the Mobile Library she began to use the monthly Home Library Service which brings books straight to client’s homes.

She is still young at heart and keeps up with modern comedy hiring the latest Peter Kay DVD on her last home visit. Her tastes haven't altered too much, she likes a very broad spectrum of material from the Delderfield horseman series and poetry, she also now makes use of talking books on tape as she finds smaller print harder to read.

Mrs Gathergood also writes her own poetry and used to borrow music scores to play piano at her local Salvation Army Hall.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said “The story of Mrs Gathergood shows how Enfield Council’s libraries can help serve a family throughout their lives, and change its services to fit as a resident's life changes.

“From when she first moved here after the War, helping with supplying her children with books, right through till the present day with talking books and delivering them straight to the door with the Home Library Service, Enfield Council tailors its library service to fit the lives of any user.

“I am pleased that we have given so much reading and entertainment pleasure to Mrs Gladys Gathergood and her family throughout the many years that she has been a resident, and wish her very many happy returns for her 100 birthday”



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