Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mount Clemens Public Library Celebrates 150 Years With Funfest

Mount Clemens Public Library is proudly observing the 150th anniversary of its founding during 2015. The library was established in 1865 by Professor Silas Wood, principal of the Union School District (forerunner of Mount Clemens Community Schools). Professor Wood saw the need for a lending library to serve the citizens of Mount Clemens and formed one in a third-floor room of the school building.

As the library grew, it moved to various rented quarters in town, including the basement of the Macomb County Courthouse and the upper floor of the Chamber of Commerce  (now Masonic Temple) building on the corner of Walnut & New streets. In 1902, the school board and the city fathers collaborated to acquire property and petition Andrew Carnegie for a grant to build a new library building.  The new library, located at 3 Grand Avenue (today's 125 Grand) was opened to the public in 1905 and served as the library's home until 1969, when a new building at 150 Cass Avenue was dedicated.

In celebration of this century-and-a-half milestone, the public is cordially invited to a 150th Birthday Funfest at the library on Saturday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m.  The free outdoor event will feature food, activities for children, a fire department apparatus display and live music by Dr. Pocket.  Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities.