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Celebrating Library Anniversaries

Celebrating significant library anniversaries is a great way to promote libraries and library history.  It's feasible to celebrate anniversaries as often as every five years and certainly every ten years.  A significant celebration should take place every 25 years. Of course, fiftieth anniversaries and centennials call for  even more elaborate celebrations.

Celebrations can occur for a variety of library anniversaries.  These include the legal founding of the library or organization, the founding of a predecessor library with a direct connection to the current library, the anniversary of the library's building or one of the library's buildings, or the celebration of a significant event in the history of the library such as the start of bookmobile service.

Tips on celebrating anniversaries

Some ways to celebrate anniversaries

Links to Selected Anniversary Celebration Pages of Libraries

Special Libraries Association

Forsyth County (NC) Public Library

Granby (MA) Free Public Library (Carnegie building 90th anniversary)

Oklahoma Public Libraries

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Other resources

Library Histories on the Web (Many examples of library histories under state listings)

Library Exhibits

The Hippest History by Bernadette A. Lear (Library Journal article)

Pennsylvania Library History Project (Bernadette Lear)
Although this site was developed for Pennsylvania libraries, the Online Resources section of the site has information which would be helpful to any library interested in documenting its history.

LHRT Guidelines for Writing Local Library Histories

Library Anniversaries 2007

Library Anniversaries 2008

Library Anniversaries 2009

Library Anniversaries 2010



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