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Pinckneyville Library marks 100 years

  • From left, library board member Connie Mathis, assistant Phoebe Issler, board member David Stone, Librarian Kathy West, assistant Lee Wittenauer and board member Charlene Butcher.

    From left, library board member Connie Mathis, assistant Phoebe Issler, board member David Stone, Librarian Kathy West, assistant Lee Wittenauer and board member Charlene Butcher.
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updated: 8/28/2017 6:43 PM

The Pinckneyville Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary with an open house Aug. 25.

Current Librarian Kathy West marked the occasion with a drop-in for the public and a short history of the "valuable service to the citizens of Pinckneyville."

A steady stream of library patrons, library trustees, Pinckneyville Mayor Robert Spencer and city council members, representatives of the chamber of commerce, State Rep. Terri Bryant, Ellen Popit of the Illinois Heartland Library System, and former librarian Wilma Guy were among the guests who joined the celebration. More pictures of the event are on the library's Facebook page.

The present library at 312 S. Walnut St. opened in 1970 and has expanded its offerings from books, newspapers, and magazines to include free Wi-Fi and public-access computers, among other services.