Piggott Public Library Marks Special Anniversary

Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Piggott Public Library marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of their current building with an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Prior to the start of the open house the local library staff joined Library Board Chairman Duane Dutka for a photo with their commemorative cake. Pictured are, from left: Front-Dutka and Piggott Library Director Gay Johnson. Back-Clerk Haley Foster and Assistant Director Sherry Baber.

The Piggott Public Library hosted a special open house on Wednesday, Dec. 10, marking the 30th anniversary of the opening of their current facility. The library building was completed in November of 1984, and was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 9 of that year. The following day, Monday, Dec. 10, 1984 the facility opened to the public.

"I was here by myself that day, and there must have been 200 people come in," Library Director Gay Johnson reminisced of the facility's first day of business. "I had told everyone it should be quiet and I could handle it by myself!"

Over the course of the past three decades the library has continued to grow and prosper under Johnson's guidance. When the library first moved from the previous location it featured some 16,000 volumes, along with audio-visual items. Now, they boast over 40,000 items and also offer books, DVD's, and other digital items. The facility also offers public internet access and computers, and serves as a local base for training the public in their use.

The library is also a base for regional genealogy information, and has an extensive database in both print and in digital form. The department also includes print publications and a vast number of family folders available for reference by researchers.

Over 75 people stopped by during the open house, visiting with staff members and enjoying cake, cookies and punch. During the open house the library also held drawings for two fundraising raffles they've been conducting. Winner of the afghan was Marty Renard, while Sue Blair was the winner of the table runner.

"We really enjoyed talking and sharing withal that came by to make this day special," Johnson said of the open house. "We want to thank everyone who volunteered, cooked and decorated--you helped make this a wonderful event."

The Piggott Public Library is open six days a week and those wanting additional information may call them at 870 598-3666. More information is also available on their website at www.mylibrarynow.org/piggott

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