St. Louis Public Library

Happy 100th, Central Library

Central Library may be in the midst of a $70 million restoration but that's not keeping officials from celebrating this historic milestone on Jan. 7.

January 1, 2012 | 2 min reading time

The dedication ceremony that officially opened Central Library was held 100 years ago on Jan. 6, 1912.

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Even though Central Library is currently being renovated, the St. Louis Public Library will be celebrating Central's 100th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 7 with programs and activities at Branches throughout its system.

Here are a few of the activities planned:

  • Music from the early 1900s at Baden, Central Express, and Divoll.
  • Storytellers including Annette Harrison, Loretta Washington, Dianne Moran, Kathy Schottel, and Carole Shelton bring to life fascinating female historical figures at Branches throughout the City.
  • The Gateway LEGO Users Group builds a LEGO replica of Central Library at Carpenter beginning at 9 a.m. Patrons can join the construction team from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Spinning tops with Hiroshi Tada at Schlafly.
  • Have your photo taken with Central Library in the background at Buder and Julia Davis.
  • Bring youngsters to a Branch near you to enjoy making spinning tops, whirligigs, and harmonicas or to play jacks, checkers, pick-up sticks and marbles.

For more information, visit the St. Louis Public Library website at .


St. Louis Public Library
City of St. Louis

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