Friday, February 14, 2014

Hailey Public Library celebrates 95 years

Former librarian Alba Arndt to be honored with mosaic

Express Staff Writer

Library worker Lyndsey Kavanagh files books Wednesday morning at the Hailey Public Library. The library will celebrate 95 years of service to the community on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Photo by Roland Lane

    The Hailey Public Library will celebrate 95 years of service to the community on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the library at 7 West Croy St.
    Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle and other special guests will remind attendees of the importance of the public library in Hailey, and share some details from its past.
    Refreshments will be served and live music will be provided by A Few Good Men.
    Library Board members will speak at the event. Hailey Arts Commissioner and Company of Fools core artist R.L. Rowsey will serve as emcee.

A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.”
Andrew Carnegie
Business magnate

    At 6:15 p.m., the Hailey Arts Commission will unveil a community mosaic of former librarian Alba Arndt’s pear tree.
    “Alba was a much loved, previous librarian of the Hailey Library,” said current librarian LeeAnn Gelskey.
    The Hailey Public Library was founded in 1919 on the Main Street site now occupied by L.L. Green’s Hardware. The library moved three times before finding a home at its current location below City Hall.
    The library is a busy place, offering computer terminals, children’s reading programs and, of course, lots of books. Those attending the celebration Tuesday can write down their favorite library experiences in a “memory book.”
    Gelskey quoted industrial magnate, philanthropist and early U.S. public library supporter Andrew Carnegie in a news release: “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.  It is a never failing spring in the desert.”

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