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GREATER PITTSTON PROGRESS FILE PHOTO John Roberts, director of the Wyoming Free Library, shows off the library’s logo and slogan at the library last year. The Misericordia club, Service By Design, developed the library’s logo and is continuing to work with the library this year to celebrate its 90th birthday.

The Wyoming Free Library is celebrating its 90th birthday this year.

Open since Aug. 8, 1927, the library has been a staple in the community and continues to provide books for people of all ages.

Library Director John Roberts explained this is a big year for the library and for the whole community.

“We have a lot of great things planned, the community is involved, we’re very excited. Ninety years old is exciting,” he said.

Misericordia University recently sent out a postcard with information on the library and what events will be happening throughout the year for the library’s 90th birthday. The postcards were sent out to donors, political leaders, Wyoming and West Wyoming council members and members of the media.

The Wyoming Free Library has been working with Misericordia University for two years now. Colleen Garrison, president of the Wyoming Free Library board, is a recent communications graduate of Misericordia. Service By Design, a club sponsored by the Mass Communications and Design department at Misericordia, was started the year she graduated.

“The club works only with non-profits in the geographical area near Misericordia. So it is a good fit,” said Rachel Urbanowicz, assistant professor of mass communications and design and an adivsor of Service By Design.

Service By Design has designed the library’s logo and slogan “Adventures Beyond Books,” brochure, the 90th anniversary postcards, web page banner and some publicity for the Halloween event.

This isn’t just a big year in numbers for the library, it’s a big year in events, too.

Some of the special events happening for the library’s birthday include:

• Art ‘N’ Vino Night Monday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., which is a night dedicated to art and wine.

• Classic Car Day on Saturday, June 24, the time is still to be determined. Classic Car Day is a new event for the library. Children will have the chance to showcase their Matchbox cars and the library will have classic cars parked in the parking lot.

• The Scholastic Book Fair, a three-day fundraiser, will be held July 12-14. The times for this event are still to be determined.

• The Video Game, Superhero and Sci-fi Halloween Party will be held Saturday, Oct. 14. This will be the library’s big community event. The library is hoping for an event comparable to last year’s Star Wars in the Park, which was a huge success.

• The Masterpiece Ball will be the library’s last event in December. This is an event based off the Masterpiece Theater book discussion the library reularly holds.

Additional events are in the works but plans have not yet been finalized.

Roberts reminds everyone the community’s continued support is what makes events such as these possible.

“The library will be seeking donors and volunteers for this event. Anyone who wants to be a sponsor or serve on our committee can contact the library,” he said.

The special birthday events do not affect the regularly scheduled events that are planned to happen throughout the year. Those programs will continue as normal.

The Wyoming Free Library wants to make sure everyone can have a place to come read and enjoy themselves and has sections and events dedicated to age groups from toddlers to senior citizens.

Though it’s placed on a busy street, the library provides a quiet and calm environment to read, with friendly and helpful employees.

The library is a place for everyone to come and enjoy a book, almost like a home away from home. There is also a little spot nestled with computers with access to the internet.

Roberts reminds everyone to frequently check the library’s Facebook page and website, as events are being added throughout the year.

kkelly@pittstonprogress.com