Palisades Free Library Celebrates 125 Years

On Saturday, May 14 the Palisades community gathered to celebrate Palisades Free Library’s 125 years of service; an event made possible by the combined efforts of Library staff and trustees and more than 25 adult and teen volunteers. Opening remarks by Ramapo-Catskill Library System Executive Director Robert Hubsher and a certificate of recognition presentation by Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee and Former Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner kicked off the action-packed afternoon.

Outside the Library, attendees enjoyed live performances by local musicians, short speeches by Library Director Maria Gagliardi and President of the Board of Trustees Helena Power, and reminisces by community members. While some browsed the plant and used book sales, others got a bite to eat from local food vendors and the homemade baked goods table. Families gathered at the face painting and craft areas, while big bubbles from performer Bubble Dad flew overhead.

Inside the Library, visitors joined in on tours of the Library and the historic exhibition led by guides in period costumes, stopped by the YA area for a coding demonstration by members of the Library’s Computer Science Club, and made their way to the Children’s Room for coloring pages featuring local historic buildings. The sealing of the Anniversary Celebration time capsule, which contained written memories of the Library and community from the celebration’s Time Line Lane, closed out the fun-filled festivities.

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