Richmond’s library celebrates 95 years of service

RICHMOND — The Richmond Library began a weeklong celebration Tuesday, commemorating its 95th anniversary.

According to Library Director Juliene Parrish, activities are scheduled to run through Oct. 21, with a “grand finale” scheduled for Oct. 29. Howard Little, a professional storyteller, Richmond native and star of the finale, will bring the festivities to a close with a night of fun and storytelling.

“That would just be absolutely perfect to have a storyteller come to the library,” Parrish said of how the library staff came to calling on Little.

As part of the week’s activities the library will be sponsoring free movie nights Friday and the following Monday, inviting all to attend. The Tale of Despereaux will be shown both nights, with the city’s Youth Council selling concessions during each showing.

Praising the youth council for its willingness to support the anniversary celebration, Parrish said, “It’s just so neat that our community pulls together for everybody.”

Information regarding all scheduled activities can be found on fliers in the library at 6 W. Main St.

The library is one of nine original Carnegie libraries still functioning in the state, and according to Parrish, has seen a steady increase in circulation during recent years. Parrish said total circulation this year is at 46,277, up from last year’s 42,507. Parrish believes the unchanging nature of the library is responsible for its continued success during uncertain and trying times.

“The library is here when other things don’t seem to be going so well,” Parrish said.

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