Personal Computers and Internet Access are available for all ages at today's Aurelia Library. Photo by Dan Whitney
The Aurelia Public Library celebrated its 90th anniversary during the first week of October. The first official meeting of the Library Association was September 11, 1917, and members were asked to pay $1 to join. One week later, the Association By-laws were adopted and during the October 3rd meeting a chicken pie supper was planned to raise funds to purchase books. In November 1917 regular hours of three afternoons a week were established. A lot has happened since then: a new building, an addition to the building, expanded library services, and a Friends of the Library group was formed.
The Library celebrated its anniversary during the week of Oct. 1-6 with the following activities:
Monday, October 1st - Coffee Break at 9:30 A.M. The public was invited to join Library staff for coffee and cookies.
Cindy Kaskey and Marian Reilly visit at the Aurelia Library during the Library's 90th anniversary Open House. Photo by Dan Whitney
Tuesday, October 2nd - Open House from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. Meet the Board of Trustees and a thank you to all patrons and Friends members. Hot dogs, chips, bars and a drink available..
Wednesday, October 3rd - Children's Book Sale begins during regular library hours.
Friday, October 5th - Plant Exchange at 1 p.m. Patrons are invited to bring in houseplants you would like to exchange and take home something new.
Saturday, October 6th -- drawing for door prizes at noon. The Library will contact winners, so you don't have to be present to win.
All week, you may view a display featuring the library's history, sign up for drawings, and take advantage of "forgiveness of fines" you may owe.
Everyone is invited to stop into the library at 232 Main Street, and see how 90 years after its creation, the library is still meeting the needs of the community.
See the library web site for more details: www.aurelia.lib.ia.us