GREENSBURG – Blessed with modern amenities at every turn, the current incarnation of the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library has found itself firmly rooted in the 21st century.
Public computer terminals with internet access in seconds, an electronic card catalog, and even digital books are a far cry from the dusty, tome-filled shelves of days gone by. It’s interesting to imagine what young Bessie Monfort, Greensburg’s first head librarian, might think of today’s public book repository.
But in spite of the changes a century of technological advancements have brought to the Tree City’s library, a love of reading remains the largest thread that will forever connect the distant past with the ever-changing present.
It was this same affinity for the written word that led Lori Durbin to start a part-time job at the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library in 1998. Now, with the library poised to commemorate 20 years at its present location, Durbin, who now works as the facility’s teen librarian and marketing specialist, and other staff are looking back as they look forward to Saturday’s birthday celebration.
Twenty years at its East Main Street location will be celebrated with four hours of free snacks, carnival games, bounce houses and dunk tanks – and everyone’s invited. Lasting from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Durbin described the event as an “open house” for the entire community. In addition to a variety of festivities, the new Bookmobile will be on display, and all are invited to try a piece of birthday cake and take part in all of the day’s fun offerings.
The event comes on the heels of a lengthy renovation and the recent conclusion of the most successful Summer Reading Program yet. To be sure, those associated with the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library have plenty of reasons to celebrate.