The answer is... wait for it... Tyldesley Library!
Built on the site of the old Temperance Hall and Mechanics Institute on Stanley Street in 1909, the public library was made possible with the aid of a £4,000 grant from Scots-born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
When Carnegie died in 1919 it was estimated the American steel tycoon had given away approximately £4.2 billion in today’s money to charities worldwide.
Now the library is set to mark its centenary with a special bash!
For nine days in December Tyldesley Library will host a range of activities from flower arranging to carol singing, nursery rhyme tea parties to local history talks.
Mayor Cllr Mark Aldred will mark the official 100th birthday celebrations on Saturday 12th December, almost a century to the day since civic dignitaries first gave the building their seal of approval.
Hannah Turner, Leigh Local History Officer, has been researching the building for a special centenary talk on December 17th. She said: “The beauty of the building has been a source of enjoyment for the people of Tyldesley, and the library staff have, throughout the years, endeavoured to create a friendly and welcoming environment.”
For more information on the centenary celebrations visit Libraries (external link)