Creative Celebrations of Library History

Animating a library’s history…Having a college mascot give tours of library history exhibits…Social media blitzing to teach patrons facts about their library’s past…

Remarkable.  These are just a few of the creative ways libraries are commemorating their histories.

To kick off your National Library Week festivities, check out these recent invited submissions to our Celebrations column in LHRT News & Notes :

Deschutes Public Library History Project

Erin Weaver discusses how she created an animation about her library’s history using Powtoon.

KU Libraries: Kenneth Spencer Research Library Celebrates 50 years

 Leah Hallstrom’s piece offers a trove of wonderful ideas for celebrating a library’s history, in reporting about the golden anniversary of The Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.

Carthage (IL) Public Library Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Amy Gee writes about how the Carthage Public Library staff taught patrons about the library’s history through a series of 125 Facebook posts…

Watch their videos, enjoy their pictures, and read about their creative approaches in the Celebrations column.  The theme of National Library Week is Libraries = Strong Communities. Our three authors have demonstrated how their libraries strengthen their communities both past and present.

Has your library recently had a celebration of its history?  Perhaps an anniversary event, exhibit, or publication?  Please consider submitting a piece to LHRT News and Notes by emailing




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