Euclid Library Celebrates 80 years!

The Euclid Public Library began 80 years ago with small library collections in two of our early schools. Euclid Central and Shore School served as our city's two high schools and it is in these two school buildings where the Euclid Public Library began!

Elma Whitney served as the first librarian and established the framework that would allow the Euclid Public Library to be an independent library providing service to both the public schools and the residents of Euclid. Helen Pickard served with Miss Whitney and was the first library employee to serve for 25 years! In the beginning, the library had six employees, four busy typewriters to proces the books and a collection of 6913 books.

In 2015, as we celebrate our 80th anniversary, the Euclid Public Library hosts over 171,000 books plus many more types of media including magazines, CDs, audio books, books on CD, comic books and countles items to download to portable devices - all for free as it was 80 years ago. The library has changed dramatically since 1935, yet our mission remains the same. The original intent was to provide a free library, open to all residents in order to serve their educational and recreational needs. The same mission is pursued today with additional goals of fostering a welcome environment, cultivating innovation and learning as well as engaging and supporting the community.

The Foundation of the library as well as the Friends of the Library request that you consider attending the 80th Anniversary Party to celebrate this special occassion. It will be held Friday, October 9 at 6:30p.m. with a ticket price of $35 per guest. Music, historical challenges, food and drink will round out a festive evening inside the library for this after-hours gala! Tickets are available at the library.

Rebecca McFarland

Marketing Manager for the Euclid Public Library

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 5:29 PM, 10.12.2015