On Sunday, April 10th, Merrick Library celebrated the tenth birthday of our new building. The Board of Trustees was most influential in getting the initial bond passed and providing the Merrick community with a state of the art library. While flyers were posted letting the community know that it would not be a quiet day, activities were well attended all through the day, with close to 1,000 people. We opened the celebration with a performance by the Calhoun High School Show Choir, and then the Merrick Avenue Middle School Word of Mouth. Short speeches by local politicians, the President of the Board of Trustees and the Library Director followed.
Every table in the Reference area was packed with various activities, from using the Library’s Cricut cutting machine, to 3Doodlers (3d pens), to a coloring table and more. The Walter Mintz Digital Media Center was active with patrons printing 3D projects. While the activities were in one area of the library, Elephant and Piggie from the Mo Willems books made their appearances. In addition, a dance party for families was going on in the Multipurpose Room.
The decorations and centerpieces reflected the creativity of the staff, saving money and creating a warm atmosphere. Teen volunteers assisted in staffing the various tables throughout the Library.
Although the celebration was for the building, the incredible staff effort is what made the day a success.