By Peggy Bisbey, Certified Self Storage Manager
We have many non-profit organizations who store with our company. One of mine that I would like to feature is the Lancaster Public Library. Learning the facts of how they came to be is very interesting and definitely worth sharing. Who would have thought that they began 256 years ago?
December 4th is a day to celebrate the formation of the Lancaster Library Company, which started with just 54 members in 1759. This historic gathering took place with Librarian, Samuel Magaw, at the home of Benjamin Price at 37 North Queen Street. Mr. Magaw was the cohesive force that would bring the Lancaster Public Library to the cornerstone of information that it is today. With that growth and success, there are currently three locations in Lancaster County.
Gone are the days of going to the library just to borrow a book! The entertainment that brings so many people through the doors of the library can be in the form of a book, technical computer service and even movies. The library caters to all ages and backgrounds, offering programs for kids, teens and adults, the visually impaired and people with autism, and they even offer resume writing classes to help people secure employment within the community. They hold events all throughout the year as well to help members of our community get more educated while having fun learning new things.
To honor their founding day, every year on December 4th they hold a celebration at the main library in Lancaster City. Just this past December, there were some fantastic musicians to see. You could stop into the library, relax and listen to a free concert of Latino American Music. Featured artists were Adrian Garcia, a local Mexican-American singer, songwriter and producer, and Edwin Torres, a Lancaster Public Library employee and Puerto Rican Cuatro maker and performer.
These two musicians performed together with many Latino rhythms and music for all to enjoy. Mr. Garcia played guitar and sang, while Mr. Torres explained and demonstrated the features and history of the Cuatro, a musical instrument popular in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico. The audience was invited to bring instruments and play along, too. The name of the program was Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), as part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.
If you haven’t been to the library recently, you are missing out on a lot of cool stuff. Be sure to stop in any of the three locations of the Lancaster Public Library today and see for yourself!