50th Anniversary Celebration

​North Palm Beach Library
​50th Anniversary Celebration

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Friday, October 18th, 2019
After Dark Adults Only (21+) Mini-Golf
6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

$35.00 per Adult or $60.00 per Couple

Tickets Include Mini-Golf with a glass of Wine or Beer and Appetizers
Raffle & Silent Auction

Tickets can be purchased online or at the library.
Call (561) 841-3383 for more information.
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Family Fun Day
9:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Ribbon Cutting at 9:30 A.M.
Family Mini Golf
3:30 P.M. is Last Tee Time

Crafts, Face Painting, and More!

Bike Valet Available. Parking is limited, walking or bike riding is recommended.
History
In 1962, the North Palm Beach branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) determined after months of study and research that citizens would respond favorably to a Village library. 

A library committee was formed and organizations in the area were invited to send representatives to the organizational meeting, and attendance by interested persons was welcomed. 

On February 22, 1963 the committee voted to become the North Palm Beach Library Society for the purpose of promoting and establishing a local library, and Mrs. Beth Huls was elected first President. A call was issued for book donations and the first drive netted 1,700 volumes.

Temporary quarters were provided by the Village in what had been the women’s locker room of the old Country Club. Hundreds of volunteer hours were spent assembling shelves, processing books, cleaning floors, and painting. 

Photocopy of Society members Larue Dahlberg, Warren Tatoul, Lorraine Hamacher, Axel and Nina Kogstrom, Helen Schick, Sally Boetel

page 2 - Photocopy of members- Larue Dahlberg, Warren Tatoul, Lorraine Hamacher, Axel and Nina Kogst

On July 14, 1963 the new library officially opened. Villagers appeared pleased at finding a wide selection of books on all topics. 90 membership cards were issued the first week of operation and 3,000 books were on hand opening day.

In 1964, the library moved to the old dining room of the club for more space with the checkout counter being remodeled from the dining room’s bar. With the library growing at a rapid rate, the Library Society turned over the operation of the library to the Village (on May 23, 1965), which began to administer it through an appointed library board.

The decision to build a new library at its current location was made in 1968. A ground breaking ceremony on October 24, 1968 launched the construction of the new Library. The building, which can be described as “modified Aztec,” was designed by architects McKerchar and Wallace and sits behind the Village Hall, off U.S. 1. The contractor was W.G. Lassiter.

North Palm Beach Groundbreaking on October 31, 1968

NPB Groundbreaking (Courier) 10-31-68
Funds for the library came from federal and local sources with financing through the First American Bank of North Palm Beach; while monies for books came from community drives and benefits such as masquerade frolics and a horse show.

Mayor Tom Lewis cut the ribbon in front of library during dedication services on Saturday, October 4, 1969. It was the biggest event of the year for the Village. Many local and national dignitaries attended the opening, including Ernest Chappell, the “Golden Voice” of radio fame, as master of ceremonies, Rep. Paul Rogers of West Palm Beach, James L. Harrison, Public Printer of Untied States, and Patricia Atwater, mother of future Senator Jeff Atwater and a past president of the Library Society. 

The new library boasted a main reading room carpeted in gold; office and librarian space with automatic recording machines; a workshop with a fully equipped kitchen; a children’s reading area; a Florida book collection; a genealogy section; a record room; a financial news and information section; and about 11,000 volumes. 

A Friends of the Library group was formed on May 17, 1982 after a pre-organizational meeting the month prior. Since that time the Friends have raised thousands of dollars for programs, equipment, and furniture through fundraising activities. 

Newspaper clipping 1969

Congratulations Village of NPB on the opening of your new Library 1969

Dedication Saturday: Photo of Mrs. Jane Dannelley, Librarian, in front of the new building

Dedication Saturday (photo of Mrs. Jane Dannelley, Librarian, in front of new buiding)

Finishing touches for the opening of the North Palm Beach Library, 1969

Finishing touches for the opening of the NPB Library 1969

Palm Beach Post article, October 27, 1965

This Public Library Began In A Country Club Locker Room (PBP) 10-27-65

Mayor Thomas Lewis at podium, 1969

page 1 - Mayor Thomas Lewis at podium 1969

Ernest Chappell, Master of ceremonies, at podium clapping, 1969

page 7 - Ernest Chappell Master of ceremonies at podium clapping 1969