Library to commemorate 125 years of operation

"What do you love about the Cazenovia Public Library?" That is the question that has been posed to patrons of the library since February and the responses seem to best be summarized with another question: "What's not to love?!"

As the 125th Birthday Committee convened in depths of winter to plan a gala celebration to mark this historic event, thoughts turned not only to the logistics of date and time (7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday June 3) but also to that which has sustained this vital community resource for one and one-quarter century, namely, the people. The people who started it, the people who frequent it, the people who've worked at it; as well as the people who volunteer at it, the people who donate to it, the people who serve as trustees and Friends. So it only seemed fitting to honor those who contribute to the longevity of the Library.

Among those library patrons who shared their love of the library during the "I Love the Library because..." campaign was Barbara Ryan Bennett, life-long resident. She recalled with fondness childhood walks to the library with her mother or grandmother, where she was introduced to Miss Jackson, the librarian she described as "equals shares kindness and intimidation; the best character attributes a librarian can have." She also shared recollections of subsequent librarians - the Vollmer sisters, Felice Tierney, and Betsy Kennedy, all of whom she credits with exposing her to a wide range of genres.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Mary A.W. Smith, who affectionately referred to the library as her "home away from home." She too mentioned the top-notch staff, volunteers, and Friends, while also mentioning the Library's physical environment, from the gardens to the community room and kitchen, to the art gallery and museum. And as a Facebook fan so accurately summarized, "It is more than a place for books, it is a place for community."

So don your party hats and be prepared to indulge in some delicious appetizers and desserts as the Library celebrates its 125th Birthday! The public is invited to this grand event...after all, it is the people that make the library the living legacy that it is.

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