▶️ Deschutes Library System celebrates 100 years by honoring the past, planning for the future

By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

The Deschutes County Library System is turning 100 this year and they’re celebrating all year long.

A century ago, the library system actually began in logging camps in Sisters and Redmond.

“We established a home base in Bend, downtown Bend. And Redmond actually had a small building for a time.” said Chantal Strobel, 

Certainly a lot’s changed in the last 100 years. Back in 1920 when the library first got started, they had less than 3,500 books and about 1,200 library cardholders. Today, they have hundreds of thousands of books and about 90,000 library cardholders. This year they’re taking a look back at the past for their centennial anniversary.

“Every month is a different decade that we’re celebrating. So January is the 1920’s, February is the 1930’s. We have lovely banners that give a little history of the library.” Strobel said. “The first Wednesday of every month the staff will be dressing up in the period dress of that particular decade.”

The monthly celebrations will culminate in October when they’ll hold a masquerade ball, in celebration of Deschutes County’s original masquerade ball that took place in 1920.

Though they’re taking a look back at the past, they’re equally excited about what the future holds.

Just last week the library approved a purchase of nearly 13 acres of land in north Bend to build a new facility larger than all the county’s libraries combined.

More projects are in the works too.

“I think it’s going to be really bright and I think one way is going to be with a new Central Library which will be located on north Bend,” Strobel said.  “We’re thinking of the Redmond library, of doubling it’s size and enhancing and enriching all of our existing libraries.”

 

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