Monday, November 03, 2014

WHEELER LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE A SUCCESS

CAPTION:Janice Lanou, former director of the Orange Public Libraries recently presented a talk and slide show on the history of the town's libraries during an Open House in celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Wheeler Memorial Library. Also part of the celebration was the announcement of the Page 100 Found Poetry Contest winners.

The Staff and Friends of the Orange Public Libraries recently hosted a successful Open House to an overflow crowd. The event celebrated the Wheeler Memorial Library's 100 years of service to the community and featured a fascinating talk and slide show on the history of the Orange Public Libraries presented by former Library Director, Janice Lanou.

The talk covered the various sites the library has occupied over the years, as well as its many benefactors, including Almira Wheeler Thompson and Henry “Turkey” Moore whose gifts made the Wheeler Memorial Library and the Moore-Leland Library a reality.

Mrs. Lanou noted that the Wheeler was not the first library created in town. She stated that Orange has maintained a public library since 1859 and that local tradition places the opening of a free public library in the year 1847, making it one of the first established in the United States.

Other topics of discussion included the dedication of the Wheeler Memorial Library in 1914, the impact of the floods of 1936 and '38, and proper library etiquette in times past.

Also part of the celebration were readings by the Page 100 Found Poetry Contestants. Poets who participated in the contest used page 100 of their favorite book to find a poem hidden within. First place went to Vernalee Marie who found her poem in the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Second place fell to Robin Shtulman (aka Arthur Dent) who discovered hers in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe by Douglas Adams. Marla Cromwell took third place with Robert Henri's, The Art Spirit.

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