The Florida Public Library (FPL), located at 4 Cohen Cir. in the Village of Florida, will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of its founding with programs for all ages during the last weekend in September.
The Friends of the FPL will kick off events with their fall used book sale in the Seward Senior Center, located next to the Library, on Fri., Sept. 28 with a special preview sale for members only from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sat., Sept. 29 and Sun., Sept. 30, the bargain book sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will also be a bake sale of homemade treats both days. Volunteers for the sale are always welcome and may call Bob Scott at 651-7221 to sign up. A potluck supper for helpers on Sunday wraps up the Friends’ efforts for the weekend.
Magician to Entertain Families
On Sat., Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Magician Scott Morley will entertain families with a one-hour program of sleight of hand and amazing tricks. Following the show for all ages, everyone is invited to share anniversary cake and beverages and see the unveiling of a plaque donated to the Library by the family of the late Lawrence Furst, a Brooklyn history teacher who enjoyed a happy retirement in Florida.
The family recently donated $5,000 in his memory for the Library’s future expansion. Visitors are also invited to admire a set of color photographs of local Black Dirt scenery taken by the late John J. Kimiecik, a longtime English teacher at S.S. Seward Institute, who was an authority on local history and presented many programs at the library.
Celebration at the Glenmere Brewing Co.
At 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, the Board of Trustees will host an Anniversary Celebration at Glenmere Brewing Company, located at 55 Maple Ave. in Florida. Admission to the party, which lasts until 9 p.m., is $20 and covers food and music by guitarist Jim Coleman. The food will be donated by a variety of local businesses. Many local merchants have contributed gift items for prize drawings and tickets will be $1 per chance or six tickets for $5. A portion of the evening’s drink purchases will also benefit the Library.
String Duo of NY to Perform
On Sun., Sept. 30, FPL will host a concert by James Emery and Tony Marino of the String Duo of NY who will draw from the Great American Songbook to entertain with selections from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. This program is for adults and teens at 1 p.m.
History about the Library
According to a history of the Library compiled by former president Shirley Coughlin who served as a trustee for 23 years, the Library was started in 1956 when local Boy Scouts went door to door soliciting donations of books to start a library collection. Local resident William Rosenberg, who had founded the ShopRite supermarket chain in the Village of Florida, offered free storage space for the books.
The library was chartered as an association Library serving the Village and Pine Island in the fall of 1958 and joined the newly formed Ramapo Catskill Library System in 1959. Margery Mance was the first Library Director; David Mance was the first Board President. After many years of existing in rented quarters in several places around the Village, surviving a disastrous flood in the mid-1990s, which closed the Library for many months and receiving several extensions by New York State, FPL was granted a permanent charter as a School District public library in April 2002 to serve the residents of the Florida Union Free School District.
The full history by Coughlin can be found on the FPL website at www.floridapubliclibrary.org. Visit the online calendar of events to sign up for anniversary programs or call 651-7659.