A happy century for Langside book lovers

Gary Lewis celebrates with Joshua Mawuena and Cara Quigley (both 4) from Sinclair Nursery. Pic by Ian Watson
Gary Lewis celebrates with Joshua Mawuena and Cara Quigley (both 4) from Sinclair Nursery. Pic by Ian Watson

Glasgow marked 100 years since the opening of Langside Library this week with a visit from a Scottish film star with long-standing links to the place.

Dubbed a ‘Glasgow Experiment’, Langside was the first public library in the city, welcoming 43,129 people in its first month.

Construction began in 1908 and it was officially opened by the lord provost, sir Thomas Dunlop, on February 2, 1915 — and handed over to the first librarian, Edgar H. Parsons.

Langside regulars were invited to a celebration with current lord provos Sadie Docherty and film and television star Gary Lewis — and treated to a piece of specially designed cake.

Councillor Docherty said: “Today, Langside continues to provide a much-loved service to the community, and I’m thrilled to be celebrating the special anniversary of this important building in the heart of the southside.”

Billy Elliot star Gary added: “In 1976 I worked in Easterhouse Library. I often put in requests for books from Langside.

“I am an ardent supporter of community libraries and, as a father, I think a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.”

The fun isn’t over yet, as families are invited to a centenary fun day — and another slice of the birthday cake — this Sunday (February 7) from noon.