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Library's Anniversary

Post Date:08/09/2018 3:30 PM

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August 9, 2018


Happy Anniversary, Santa Maria Public Library


The community is invited to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the City of Santa Maria Public Library, on Saturday, August 18th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Central Coast Chordsmen will be performing live music at 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. in Shepard Hall and refreshments will be provided.  Several displays with historical information are available for viewing in the Library and the public is invited to visit the Library’s Makerspace to create a memento from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day promises to be fun for all.


August also marks the 10-year anniversary of the new Main Library building, which opened on August 23rd, 2008.


Two special library history displays will be featured: On the second floor, a timeline of important events includes enlarged photographs of people and events showing the three buildings the library has occupied since 1908.  The timeline was funded by a grant from the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation and the Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation, and curated by Jane Slama. 


The first floor library display case features memorabilia, photos and newspaper articles including the 1908 cornerstone box which was removed from the original Carnegie Library when it was demolished in 1966. Other items on display include accession books listing the library’s holdings in the early 1900s, photos and newspaper clippings of former librarians and important events, and the handwritten Board of Trustee minute book from 1908.


The Library Anniversary celebration is sponsored by the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation. 


The Library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Library is closed on Sunday. The Library is located at 421 South McClelland Street. Its website is


Questions may be directed to the Information Desk, (805) 925-0994 extension 8562.


Department:                           Public Library

Contact Person:                      Joanne Britton, Librarian III

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0994 extension 2254

E-mail Address:            


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