CARSTAIRS - The Carstairs Public Library marked and celebrated 70 years of service in the community during an all-ages ceremony on Sept. 18.
Library manager Megan Ginther explained that the local library was founded in 1951 in a corner of the local jewelry store.
“The library quickly outgrew that small space and we’ve continued to grow,” said Ginther. “We moved into our current space 11 years ago. This last year has been a challenging one with the ongoing health crisis but we are proud of maintaining some level of library service the entire time.”
The landmark anniversary saw participants view historic and current items from the long history of the library, she said.
“We celebrated with a display of photos and artifacts from the 70 year history of the library to showcase our history,” she said. “A digital copy of this exhibit is available on our website.”
She commended the many, many volunteers and staff who have helped keep the library going for so many decades.
“It is only thanks to the hard work and support of many devoted library supporters and community groups that our library has continued to grow and work to meet community needs,” she said.
During the anniversary event, children from the library’s Summer Reading Club painted Celebration -- a painting for the library’s new gallery space.
“This space is meant to provide local artists a place to exhibit their work,” she said, noting the celebration day was lots of fun for guests of all ages.
“The highlight of the day was a high-spirited afternoon concert with Kelly Kalden along with cookies and children’s activities outside the library,” she said.