Punxsy Memorial Library Celebrates 100th Anniversary

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) — Not many institutions have the perseverance and support to last a century, but don’t count the Punxsutawney Memorial Library as one of them.

Wednesday, the Library hosted a Community Mixer at the Civic Complex to commemorate the milestone.

State Rep. Cris Dush presented a proclamation to the Library Board of Directors and friends of the library gathered to talk and share stories about the institution.

Roberta Dinsmore, who served as Library Director for more than 20 years and retired in 2009, still volunteers her time to the Library, as well as many other Punxsy groups.

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“The library has had three homes since it opened in 2016. It was located across from its current location, on the other side of Barclay Square Memorial Park, before it moved to the Fisher House near where Rite-Aid is.

“Then in 1974, it moved to where it stands today,” Dinsmore said.

Current Library Director Jessica Lasher’s enthusiasm also showed through as she talked about the future of the Library.

“Looking into the next 100 years, in 2017, we will be starting a project called ‘Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces, so we will be looking to the community to tell us how we can better fit the public’s needs,” Lasher said.

Punxsy Memorial Library has many resources available for patrons of all ages and they are free.

They have an extensive collection of audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-ray, magazines and newspapers, large print, puppets and games, Punxsutawney Spirit on microfilm, OverDrive: E-books and digital audiobooks and Zinio: digital magazines.

Databases include background checks and mailing lists, auto repair guides and recall information, genealogy search, test preparation that includes SAT, GREs and more, Power Library and Resume Maker.

The Library also has meeting rooms and office services that include fax, copy, scan, print and laminating services (minimal fee by type), public access computers and Wi-Fi.

There is also an extensive schedule of children’s programs with registration beginning Jan. 3. Age groups include 18-35 months, 3-5 years, Kindergarten-first grade, second-third grade, 10-12 years old and 12-18 years old.

There are also many resources for business owners, including small and large conference rooms with webcam and projector, books and audiobooks related to planning and management, classes for learning Windows 10, office software, e-mail and Internet and the online resources.

The Library is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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