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I would like to welcome all of the visitors to this site. I hope that you find it fun as well as informative. Our visitors come from all over the place, not just Alabama. California, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Texas, New York, Utah, Brazil, and Canada have all been represented by our visitors. I greet you in the spirit of a Tolkien novel: Greetings! And well met! May the hair never fall off of your toes and my your beard grow ever long. Please come again soon and remember: all times are tea time.
1914 Books were placed in two local schools as branches of the Gadsden Public Library and maintained by the teachers. This outreach was for the benefit of the children that could not otherwise come to the library. The schools were located at 1005 Etowah Avenue and 68 11th Street School.
1915 The Anna Fosdick collection of over 1,000 rare and valuable volumes was donated to the library. The library has a collection of 21,000 volumes and an annual circulation of 125,000 books.
I was so very excited to provide books for the children, but it wouldn't have been so successful without the help of the teachers! The Fosdick family was most generous in donating the books, many of which are carefully stored at the library.
Date Set for 2011 Festival 2011 Alabama Book Festival Set for April 16 MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The sixth annual Alabama Book Festival will be held in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town on April 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free public event is the state’s premier book festival—with more than 4,000 people from around Alabama converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars.
The festival is currently reviewing potential authors for the event and plans to announce its 2011 author line-up in early February. As in years past, programs and activities will include author appearances, book signings, musical performances, and an exhibit area featuring literary organizations and vendors selling books and other items of interest to booklovers. Alabama Public Television has agreed to host the children’s activity area again, making it a day of fun for the whole family.
Sponsors are needed to make the non-profit event a success. Those interested in contributing monetary or in-kind donations should contact Gail Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be solicited in January 2011. For more information, call 1-888-240-1850.
*The above announcement was copied from the Alabama Book Festival blog. Check out their website at www.alabamabookfestival.org.
A word from Miss Lena: The library has had a booth at the festival for the past two years and will again this year. It is a wonderfully fun event that brings authors and readers together. Delightful. Simply delightful!
As one of the authors of the library history book, I thought it would be fun and vital to have a site dedicated to the library and chronicle its move toward the future. ~Julie Dobbins