Bloomfield-Eastern Greene library to celebrate 100th anniversary

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library is going to have a birthday party and everyone is invited.

The library is celebrating a century of providing books and culture to its Greene County patrons -- its 100th birthday party starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Besides the usual cake and ice cream, Library Director John Helling is planning something special in honor of the library's history.

"We're going to have an Indiana author, John Bower, come and talk about his books, which are about forgotten Indiana history," said Helling. "Because our original Carnegie building is so well-preserved and still in use, we think it will be interesting to see what happens when communities aren't able to preserve their landmarks."

Bower has published several unique books featuring pictures that capture Indiana's cultural heritage.

Bower is a photographer with a penchant for pictures of small towns, old movie theaters, defunct factories and vacant storefronts that used to be bustling centers of activity, among other almost forgotten places full of memories.

Helling said anyone who is interested in Indiana history, or would enjoy a walk down memory lane, will appreciate Bower's presentation but added that there will be activities for young and old alike.

"While this is happening in the Community Room for the adults, we're going to have games going on in the Children's Room for the kids," said Helling.

Following the activities, the library will host a reception in the Community Room with refreshments.

Helling said they expect to serve birthday-appropriate beverages plus cake and ice cream and a few cookies as well.

The main branch of the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library is located at 125 S. Franklin St., one block south of the Greene County Courthouse in Bloomfield.

The library's main branch is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information about the party or any other activities at the library, call 384-4125 or visit its Web site at

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