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The Sacramento Public Library will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Orangevale branch on Saturday, September 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Orangevale Recreation and Parks Community Center, 6826 Hazel Avenue, Orangevale.
Hosted by the Friends of Orangevale Library, the celebration will feature formal remarks by local officials and community groups, a magician, face painting, balloon art, music and light refreshments.
The festivities mark 100 years of library service to the Orangevale community, beginning in 1912 in a private home on Walnut Avenue with only 50 books. The first librarian was Adelaide Morse who managed the small branch for 45 years. Now located in a small shopping center at 8820 Greenback Lane, the 4,320-square-foot library branch has thousands of items available in multiple formats, with full access to the more than two million items in the Sacramento Public Library collection, and thousands of online resources. The branch has 12 internet-access computers for public use, a dedicated teen area and a warm and welcoming kids’ space where free programs are presented each month.
Orangevale was founded in 1888 as a new development for farms and orchards. Today, Orangevale residents take pride in preserving a quiet, rural quality of life, even though the population has grown to over 30,000.
“It is truly amazing how this library branch and the town itself have changed in the past century,” said Judy Nissila, Friends of the Orangevale Library president.
“The Sacramento Public Library is proud to partner with this thriving and historic community,” stated Rivkah K. Sass, Sacramento Public Library director. “We hope to provide library services for at least another 100 years.”
For more information on the celebration, please telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.
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