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Join us as we journey back through time and enjoy the variety of programs and special events planned to celebrate our milestone.

The celebration will begin with Open Houses throughout the branches welcoming the public to see how far library service has come in the past 75 years. Timelines of all the branches will be on display depicting their earliest facilities and librarians. Displays of life in 1934 will circulate throughout the branches for the next 16 months and activities of all sorts will highlight the accomplishments of the system.

“We have a lot to celebrate” said Library Director, Nancy Colpaert, “so we’re going to start early and make the most of it. We want everyone to know that this library is truly a gift and that it has struggled to become what it is today.”

Established in 1934, the first headquarters for the system was located in the back of the Ford Dry Goods store in Dundee. Branches were located in private homes and storefronts and volunteers were needed at some points in history to keep the libraries open. Today, sixteen branches provide service to all reaches of the county with books, books on tape and CD, DVDs, music, magazines, and Art for Loan. “Library in Motion” provides materials to senior citizen housing complexes and centers and homebound individuals. The website or “virtual branch” allows everyone with a computer, access to the library and its collection from the comfort of their own home.

Countless Monroe County residents have used computers in libraries to access email, do research and become familiar with computers before making their own investment. Over the past 75 years, many more have relied on the skills of a professional reference staff to help them find information. Thousands of residents each year attend programs ranging from pre-school storytimes to genealogy workshops and, in keeping with a 75 year old philosophy; all services are free of charge.

“We’re hoping everyone will take this opportunity to visit a branch library, even if they’ve never done so before. I think they’ll be surprised at what they’ve been missing and, of course, I hope this will encourage them to take advantage of all we have to offer” said Colpaert.

Branch Timelines

Branch Timelines

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1934 Displays

1934 Displays

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