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Library prepares to celebrate quasquicentennial

Posted January 01, 2014 in Community Featured, Clear Lake

Many events of significance occurred 125 years ago during 1889. The Coca Cola Co. was incorporated in Atlanta and the forerunner of the Nintendo Co. was established in Japan.

The Wall Street Journal debuted and Mark Twain published “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” President Grover Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington to the Union. The tragic Johnstown Flood took place in Pennsylvania, and the Eiffel tower was opened in Paris. And in small town Clear Lake, a group of progressive and visionary women established a public lending library for the edification and improvement of the community, particularly its young citizens

Our community will observe the quasquicentennial of the establishment of the Clear Lake Public Library during 2014. We will be celebrating with special events and programs throughout the year. All are invited to participate.

Individuals, families, clubs/organizations and groups of friends can celebrate the quasquicentennial by joining the Fourth Street Book Club. Clear Lake’s Fourth Street was the location of an early library, and the present library building is also located at a Fourth Street site. The goal for participants is to read and/or listen to 125 books between Jan. 1 and Dec. 15. Participants reaching this goal will be honored at a special reception and receive a certificate of recognition. Families, clubs/organizations and friends may form reading teams to read/listen to 125 books in total with each individual team member selecting his or her own reading material. Visit the library or our website,, to register as an individual or team.

A special event will take place in June with the installation of the “Stories Are Forever” commemorative sculpture on the library’s front lawn. Thanks to the many library supporters who contributed so generously to the sculpture project. This is the perfect way to celebrate all the children and their families who have used the library to connect with and explore their world over the past 125 years.

Special anniversary programs scheduled to date include a presentation by Surf Ballroom historian Jonas Westover on Feb. 1, a performance by popular storyteller Al Batt on April 14, and a fall visit by bestselling mystery writer William Kent Krueger.

Clear Lake Public Library
200 N. Fourth St.
Mon. – Thur.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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