by By John Conley firstname.lastname@example.org
Some keep it quiet when they turn 40. The Pineville Public Library held a celebration.
The library observed its 40th anniversary on Tuesday evening and served refreshments to those who dropped in.
“It was the third library in the county,” said Caroline Gaddis, director of the Wyoming County Public Library System. “It opened on Oct. 25, 1073. Oceana and Mullens already had libraries.”
It was originally located where the Courthouse Annex is now. The move to its current location on Castle Rock Avenue took place in 1986.
In addition to its 12,000 print volumes and 2,000 audio books and videos, the library offers computers for public use.
“It’s how people stay in touch with the outside wold,” Gaddis commented. “We get a good mixture of people coming in.
Technology has played a role in the development in the PPL.
“We’re offering ebooks now,” Gaddis noted, “and that’s been a big change.”
Tim McGraw spends a lot of time at the library. “It’s a source of information,” he stated. “It’s a place where you can go and see other people (with similar interests).
“I was coming in here on a regular basis, and they said you should join the Friends of the Library,” he recalled.
Now he’s the president of the organization. One of his goals is to have a library sign placed on Main Avenue to increase visibility.
“We want to make people more aware of the library,” he commented. “The Oceana library (is on the main street) and doesn’t have this problem.”
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