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Butte County Library Celebrates 100 Years of Service to the Community
The Butte County Library is proud to announce that it will be celebrating 100 years of service to the community in the year ahead. In November, 1912, the Butte County Library opened its doors to the public for the first time, and the centennial celebration will kick-off this November in honor of that date. The Oroville Community Band will officially launch the centennial with a live performance inside the Oroville Library at 1820 Mitchell Avenue on Thursday, November 8 at 7pm, after library hours. Oroville Library branch manager, Brenda Crotts, will speak about the library, in addition to others with unique memories to share. The community is invited to this free event, which will begin a year of celebrations at all six Butte County branch libraries.
In anticipation of the centennial of service, Butte County Library’s staff has been sorting through archives and photos in order to share these discoveries with patrons throughout the coming year. Images dating back to the beginning of the last century continue to amaze and inspire the team about how services were provided in the earliest years. In many instances, books were delivered by stagecoach to the mountain communities east of Oroville and around Paradise. Early branch libraries were housed in grocery stores, postal offices, and the living rooms of dedicated library supporters in nearly every community.
Please join us as we reflect on a hundred years of access to information and ideas in Butte County. The Community Band performance will be the first time a full band has played in the Oroville Library, and also the first time the band has played outside of a traditional concert performance environment. Photo exhibits and timelines of events will be shared in libraries starting in 2013, in addition to other special events, and the public is invited to share their library memories, photos, and experiences with Library staff.
For more information about services provided by the Butte County Library, visit us online at: www.buttecounty.net/bclibrary.
–News Release from Butte County Library