In the afternoon the building was ready to burst as scores of children and their parents all descended for the summer reading challenge awards ceremony. West Molesey county councillor Ernest Mallett and the Worshipful Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Barry Fairbank, presented a certificate and a medal to each child and many also went away with a sticker and a balloon.
Friends of Molesey Library chairman, Pauline Morozgalska, said: "It was a very special day for the children and their parents and a great way to celebrate their reading achievements during the Summer. We were a bit taken aback by the numbers – about 110 children plus their parents. This was about twice the number who attended last year. However, once the medal presentation started everything went smoothly and I thought the atmosphere was very positive and parents appreciated the efforts made on behalf of the children."
Visitors had a chance to enjoy the garden, which has recently had new benches installed paid for by Mr Mallett from his county councillor budget and topped up with money from the Friends.
One thing the day highlighted was that Molesey Library would benefit from more space, particularly in the children's library area and the Friends are looking into the possibility of extending the building. We will update on progress on this website.