Friday, 11 May 2018 04:16

Swift Current Library celebrates 100 years

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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Swift Current Branch Library board members pose for a picture during the cake cutting. From left to right, Kim Shepherd, Bev MacLaurin, Tanya Selk, Peggy Drinkle, Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon, Ron Toles, Sarah Yeo, and Colleen Penner. Swift Current Branch Library board members pose for a picture during the cake cutting. From left to right, Kim Shepherd, Bev MacLaurin, Tanya Selk, Peggy Drinkle, Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon, Ron Toles, Sarah Yeo, and Colleen Penner. Matthew Liebenberg/Prairie Post

The Swift Current Branch Library hosted an outdoor party and barbecue to celebrate the library's 100th anniversary in the community, May 5.
The event was well attended and there was a variety of fun activities during the day.


Local musicians Paula McGuigan, Mark Penner and Mike Tetrault provided musical entertainment, there was a bouncy castle and different games for children, library staff member Tekeyla Friday presented a puppet show based on the library's history, and storyteller Danica Lorer shared some interesting tales with the audience. There was also an official cake cutting after speeches by Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, Deputy Mayor Chris Martens, and Swift Current Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon.
“Our beloved library is a community achievement,” McCrimmon said. “Generations of people and community organizations have worked together for 100 years. The founding citizens recognized that when people have free and easy access to knowledge and culture, that it helps the whole community to thrive.”
The first Swift Current Library board was formed on March 12, 1918 and the library officially opened in the basement of old city hall on May 14, 1918 with 440 books. Today the library is a very busy and vibrant place.
In 2017, there were 103,000 in-person visits, the public computers were used almost 15,000 times, and people participated in library programs over 10,000 times.

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