Library's 20th anniversary underway, Friday billed: 'The Big Day'

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Lollipop the Clown (aka Cheryl Westerman) greets the first arrival at Marble Falls Library Children's Day, Monday, Oct. 2. The event was the first in a week of celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of the Marble Falls Public Library at its 101 Main Street Home. The 69 years of the institution's history, the new library, its programs and latest renovations all will be showcased through Friday, Oct. 6.



By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The 20th Anniversary celebration of the Marble Falls Public Library at its 101 Main Street Home is underway and the big finale is Friday.

The 69 years of the institution's history, the new library, its programs and latest renovations all are being showcased through Friday, Oct. 6, when “The Big Day” arrives, a community-wide celebration.

Children's Day, Monday, Oct. 2, began festivities with special programs for tots and school kids, featuring a magic shows with Lollipop the Clown.

For Librarians Day today, Tuesday, Oct. 3, librarians current and past will be treated to a luncheon. A tea is planned for all the volunteers and staff of the Marble Falls Library Thrift Store.

Author's Day on Thursday, Oct. 4, will fill the library with favorite Texas authors, there to meet readers and sign their books. A silent auction will be going on as well.

The Big Day, including a performance by the Hill Country Community Band, under the direction of Bo Boshears, will begin a 2 p.m. Friday.

Charles Hundley, former superintendent of the Marble Falls Independent School District, is the featured speaker, but he will not be alone in 20th-year recognition. Area judges and elected officials are expected, as well as, Jerome Rugen of Delineations Inc. to comment on new library renovations.

The entire week is sponsored by Friends of the Marble Falls Library, the nonprofit organization that sponsored the fund drives and man the thrift store that built the old 4th Street Library and the new, and now improved, 101 Main Street facility.

Historian Jane Knapik, PhD, and Rose will take a look back at that history.

Today the Friends board consists of Joe Wizansky, president; Mardi Cockerham, vice president; Carolyn Alley, secretary; Bill Gaylord, treasurer; members Pat Bentley, Rose Butler, Jess Lofgreen, Ronald Nicholas, Kaye Owen and Gladys Tynes; and ex-officio members Cervantez and Amanda Rose, library director.

Members from 1996-1997, when the current library was being constructed, will be honored Friday, also. They include Delores Whitman, Sherri White, Linda Williams, Carolyn Thornton, Marie Snider, Carolyn Thornton, Sara Teague, the late Jim Taylor, Camille Sweigart, the late Helen Stover, Marie Snider, Carolyn Thornton, Sara Teague, Cynthia Russell, Becky Robinson, Bob Macrae, Bobbie Kinder, Patty Hundley, Susan Doughtie, Joe DeAtkine, Adam Bowen, Linda Beno, Hazel Beard and Barbara Akridge.

The entire Highland Lakes community is invited to share in refreshments, entertainment and an afternoon the Friends and their guests.

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