Library Dedicates Tree for 80th Anniversary

Kacie Armstrong, Director with May Bana, wife of Joe Bana (Director from 1966 to 1985

On May 2, 2015 the Euclid Public Library planted a commemorative oak tree to signify the 80th anniversary of the library. It was in 1935 that the residents of Euclid decided to form a public library. This library is the second oldest library levy in the state of Ohio!

Although the library has weathered a lot of troubles over the years, through the Great Depression and more, it still stands strong and is one of the most popularly utilized buildings in the city! The reason an 80th anniversary is symbolized by an oak tree is due to the fact that oak trees are well known for living to a great age and for being particularly robust. Those who live to celebrate an 80th anniversary are those who have triumphed against adversity over the course of that many years - certainly our library qualifies! Public libraries are totally reliant on a strong base of support from the public we serve. Without your tax support, and that of the state budget, libraries wouldn't exist.

The oak tree takes a long period of time and commitment to reach full maturity. It represents wisdom and longevity and is able to withstand the extreme pressure that comes with many years of life, similar to the way an 80-year-old library exists in a changing world. We aren't the same library we were in 1935, but it seems clear that we have kept up with the times and the needs of those we serve! Hopefully, in 2095 another oak tree might be planted to signify continued strength of our beloved library.

Rebecca McFarland

Rebecca McFarland

Marketing/Communications Manager for the Euclid Public LIbrary

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.31.2015