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Celebrating 135 years as a library and 25 years in the present building

Rededication and Open House on Sunday, April 25th, 2004

The Emporia Public Library will celebrate its 135th anniversary as a library, as well as 25 years in the present building with a Rededication Ceremony and Open House on Sunday, April 25, 2004. Hosted by the library staff, board, and Friends of the Library, the afternoon will include a short program in the library courtyard at 2 p.m. followed by refreshments and entertainment inside the library. Tours of the building will be available upon request. The former library, now the Lyon County Historical Museum adjacent to the library, will observe special hours that day, and will be open for visitors from 2 to 4 p.m.

A special display of library history has been created in the foyer, and banners from the grand opening of the library building in April 1979 will hang in the atrium.

A special feature of the day will be the unveiling of two designs for a new bronze sculpture for the library courtyard created by local artist John Forsythe. The library with the help of the Friends of the Library will accept donations toward the statue, with each dollar donated counting as a vote for the preferred design.


Time 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location Emporia Public Library
Address 110 E. 6th Ave., Emporia, KS 66801
Contact (phone) (620) 340-6462
Email Sue Blechl


Following the Ceremony, the library will be filled with music from local talent.
The entertainment schedule is:
2:30 to 3:00 Via Crucis (band): featuring Steve Ihde, guitar and vocals; Liz Martell, lead vocals; Ken Martell, sound technician; Rick Murray, electric guitar; Chuck Samples, bass and vocals; Mindy Sadowski, vocals; Jalynn Speck, drums; Lois Symmonds, keyboard. They play blues oriented Christian rock music

3:00 to 3:30 Young pianist Kathryn Scherich and young violinists Hannah Watkins and Ryan Scherich

3:30 to 4:00 Young harpist Abby Triemer

4:00 to 5:00 Popular band Dewayn Brothers playing bluegrass

Friends of the Library members will serve cake and punch to all library visitors until the library closes at 5 p.m.




©2004 Emporia Public Library. Last updated 16 April 2004 by D. Wang.