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Scio Library celebrating 75th anniversary

It takes dedicated volunteers and a dedicated community for a small-town library to thrive, and residents in Scio have seven-and-a-half decades of commitment to celebrate.

The Scio Public Library turned 75 years old March 13 and three months of celebration are being capped off with a special series of events June 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scio Mayor Debbie Nuber will share a few words, while guests will be treated to a performance by Dragon Theater Puppets starting at 12:30 p.m. There will also be face painting, music, a historical display, and a bookwalk – like cakewalk except participants win books instead of cakes.

The event will also double as the kickoff to the Summer Reading Program and kids will be able to sign up starting that day.

Librarian LaVonne Murray said this will be a valuable chance to celebrate the community’s ongoing support for its library.

“I think it’s really awesome that this little tiny community through the years has held on really tightly to its library,” she said. “…We’re small, but we’re mighty.”

The library was founded March 13, 1948, by the Scio Chamber of Commerce and was called “Scio Chamber of Commerce Public Library” at the time. When the chamber disbanded in the early 1950s, the library moved into City Hall and became “Scio Public Library.” It remained in that building until the structure had to be replaced after the Columbus Day Storm of 1962.

The library is in the current City Hall on NW 1st Ave., with a dedicated entrance on NW Alder Street. It has more than 11,000 books in circulation, and access to additional materials through Linn Libraries Consortium and Oregon Digital Library Consortium.

To start celebrating the anniversary, the library has been giving away a weekly door prize since March 13 to the first patron to check out the 75th item. These prizes were made possible through a $2,000 grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition, which will also support the June 17 events.

Murray said all residents, whether regular library patrons or neighbors down the road, are welcome to drop by and help celebrate.

“We would like everybody to come by and say hello, visit with us and have some cake,” she said.

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