On July 27th the Main Library will have been open to the public for 25 years. We're sure that some of you remember that day quite well, but for those who are newer to our community, here are some fun facts from 1987.
The groundbreaking of the Main Branch Library was on April 7, 1986. In attendance was the Glendale Public Library Director, Rodeane Widom (right), and author Thelma Margaret Heatwole who served as a reporter for the Glendale News Herald in 1946 and then moved on to the Arizona Republic. Thelma had written two books on Arizona history: Ghost Towns and Historical Haunts and Arizona: Off the Beaten Path which was added to the collection in the newly constructed library.
The Grand Opening was held on July 27, 1987. Entertainment included the Phoenix String Quartee and DJ the Clown. Dignitaries who spoke at the openning included Mayor George Renner; Max Klass, Chairman of the Library Board; Bruce Bartholomew, Staff Assistant to Congressman Bob Stump; Henryette Shanks, President of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library; and Marie Sands, Chairperson of the Glendale Arts Commission.
The Library was open 7 days a week - a total of 68 hours:
|Monday - Thursday
||9 AM - 9 PM
|Friday & Saturday
||9 AM - 5 PM
||1 PM - 5 PM