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Scottdale library celebrates 100 years with open house

| Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

The Scottdale Public Library is hosting a community celebration Saturday in honor of the library's 100th birthday.

The second oldest library in Westmoreland County, the Scottdale Public Library was founded in 1910 when the A. L. Kiester family, along with the Scottdale High School, provided funds for startup.

At that time the library was located at the old Scottdale High School. It was moved several times over the century before finding its own home on 106 Spring St.

The present library is administered by a board consisting of seven members who serve by appointment of the Scottdale Borough Council. Currently the board president is Judy Ermine. Secretary is Dr. David Bigley. Treasurer is Tom Ermine and other board members include Don Graft, Tinky Nist, Clyde Stoner and Carol Hunker.

Library Director Patricia Miller said it is something to celebrate when an organization has sustained 100 years of ups and downs.

"I think the thing we need to celebrate is our ability to maintain the library in a small town," she said. "But, not only have we maintained, we've grown. We've expanded programming in every segment of the community and we're still looking at new programs and expanding links with both the public and private schools."

The open house celebration Saturday is intended as a thanks to the community, said Miller.

"It's not a fundraiser of any kind or anything like that," Miller said. "We simply want to welcome the community to their home library to talk and celebrate the way you would do at any family birthday party."

The open house is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. and the first 100 individuals to attend will receive a celebration mug.

There will be a light luncheon in the community room and a video will be playing in the meeting room and in the children's room there will be photos and the history of the library.

There will also be some entertainment, including piano music by Colin Edwards.

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