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October 21, 2009

Middletown Public Library celebrates 20 years of programs

Special displays, light refreshments and small gift part of celebration

MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown Public Library celebrates its 20th anniversary on High Street with an open house Thursday through Saturday. The library will host a celebration with special displays, light refreshments, and a small gift for each family.

It was 20 years ago this month that the library building at 780 High St. was dedicated. Major changes since then include the youth room built in 2000, and the Evergreen Indiana system adopted earlier this year. Now patrons have access to the book collections of more than 50 libraries in the state.

“We’re excited to celebrate 20 years in this beautiful building,” said Teresa Dennis, library director. “We invite all local residents to come in and learn more about our history and all that we have to offer today.”

The library has programs for all ages of the community: Storytime and the Adventure Zone for children, the Summer Reading Program for all members, the weekly computer classes and book discussion group for adults, and the nursing home reading visits for local seniors. All programs are free to patrons.

“We see ourselves as a community center and a community asset,” said Dennis. “We think we have a lot to celebrate.”

New this year are the wildlife gardens that were created to attract birds, butterflies and other critters to the library yard.

While visiting the library, guests are invited to:

- Sign up for a new library card or bring their old account up to date. driver’s license and proof of address needed.

- Bring cans or cash to the Adventure Zone kids’ food drive for the Middletown Food Pantry that runs through Nov. 21.

- Purchase a bag of items at the book, movie, magazine sale in the library foyer for a $1 donation.

— For The Herald Bulletin

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