In 2009 my local library will have been in existence for 100 years, and I’ve found myself on the committee that is planning a year’s worth of celebrations of the event. How I got on this committee is a convoluted story involving Hobgoblin and cycling and people knowing people and things randomly coming up in conversation, but, anyway, we had our first meeting today. It was interesting. It was my first governmental meeting of any sort, and the chair took care to explain to me before we began that we had to follow Freedom of Information (FOI) Act rules and Robert’s Rules of Order and that only those who had been voted on and confirmed by the library’s Board of Directors could sit at the special table (which included me — I felt like such a grown-up). Everybody else who was going to be on the committee but who hadn’t yet been confirmed had to sit in the chairs set aside for the public. Also we aren’t allowed to have discussions on email because that would mean the public doesn’t have access to them, which violates FOI. Oh, and we had to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the meeting.
The meeting itself was devoted mainly to coming up with ideas of ways to celebrate. The chair thought we might come up with 100 ways to match the 100 years of the library’s existence; many of these 100 things could be small things or things the library already does, and then some could be larger. The chair had already listed a few things like signing up 100 new patrons of the library, signing up 100 new newsletter subscribers, have a kids read-a-thon, publishing a monthly article on library history, making posters about the library’s history, giving tours of the library, and picking a book for the entire town to read. We came up with some more ideas like having a writing contest and soliciting ideas from the local schools on how the library can celebrate and finding a way to integrate things like National Poetry Month. Now we’re supposed to brainstorm even more ideas.
So — any ideas out there on how a town can celebrate the centennial of its library? Do you remember events your library has had, of any sort, that might be fun? Any suggestions of a good book for a mass town reading?