Library Celebrates 125 Years of Service

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1885 - 2010

October 17, 2010 marks the 125th Anniversary of the Library system in Spartanburg. It’s hard to imagine, but the first Library opened on October 17, 1885 thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Helen Fayssoux Kennedy in honor of her husband, Dr. Lionel Chalmers Kennedy, a well known and respected physician who passed away five years earlier. Since that time, the library system has grown to include 10 full service Branch Libraries including the Headquarters Library downtown, a Law Library located at the county courthouse and a Bookmobile.

Each location, excluding the Law Library, provides a variety of programming for children, teens and adults and is equipped with meeting room facilities, free internet access, and shelves full of books, magazines, movies, music and more. For those who are not able to come in to a library, Homebound Services delivers books to shut-ins almost every day. Additionally many downloadable resources are available on our website.

Birthday Party

A birthday party for the public will kick off the year of festivities commemorating our 125th anniversary. Stop by any of our branch locations to celebrate with us during the weekend of October 17. Cake will be available for the public and patrons will also be allowed to sign a commemorative photo of their branch location.

Amnesty Week, October 17-23, 2010

Amnesty Week logoAnyone who has an overdue fee or an overdue item is eligible for amnesty. Bring canned goods inside to the checkout desk of your local library branch and we will clear your overdue fees regardless of the amount or how long the items are overdue.

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Scavenger Hunt

It’s a Scavenger Hunt! Pick up your gamecards at the Headquarters Library and follow the clues around downtown Spartanburg. Participants who complete their gamecards will receive a commemorative 125th Anniversary iPod case as a reward.

“What Do You Love About Your Library” Art/Essay Contest

The Anniversary Contest
November 1-30, 2010

Time flies when you’re having fun, and the Spartanburg County Public Libraries have had lots of fun serving Spartanburg for the last 125 years! If you’ve also enjoyed the ride, please share with us your experiences—learning, entertaining, growing—or just plain fun times you’ve had @ your library and you could win $125! So write it. Tell it. Draw it. Build it. Sing it. Whatever “it” is, express it your way. Entries for the 125th library celebration contest will be divided into four age categories and judged on creativity, connection to the library and the fun factor. A winning entry will be selected from each age group to receive $125. Good luck and have fun!

Age Groups:
  • 0-5
  • 6-11
  • 12-17
  • 18 and up
  • 125th Fund

    For those interested in making a financial contribution in support of the Libraries’ next 125 years, an account has been set up at the Spartanburg County Foundation. If you would like to make a financial contribution, send a check marked ‘125th Fund’ to 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.

    Exhibit of Historical Library Memorabilia

    An exhibit of Library artifacts will be on display at the Headquarters Library through the month of November. Stop by to take a look at how the Library system has changed over the last 125 years.