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Libraries are more than just a collection of books and other reading materials. They become the cornerstone of our communities, providing a variety of services, a meeting place for residents and, in some cases, a second home.

We are fortunate to have several libraries available throughout the Ohio Valley, and this week we celebrate a milestone as the Brooke County Public Library celebrates 50th anniversary at its current location.

The first iteration of a county library opened in 1897 within a local Methodist church. It has moved several times since then, operating in what is now the Wellsburg Elks Lodge, the old Gus Hall building, and even within Wellsburg City Hall.

The current library opened on March 5, 1972, at 945 Main Street in Wellsburg, and expanded to include the Follansbee Secondary Library. Expansions to the main library have taken place, such as the construction of a children’s room, a second meeting room, a private literacy room and offices in 2003. More space has been added in 2017 to house the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum which has its roots in a small exhibit at the library.

To celebrate this important anniversary and its various achievements, the library will organize an open house for the community on Saturday, with a welcome from officials, several activities and film screenings until the early afternoon.

A limited number of souvenirs will be available for those interested, and residents will have the opportunity to look back on the history of the library through a collection of photographs and a video presentation.

Our local libraries play an important role, providing a collection of reading materials and other items for residents to borrow, literacy services, help with job seekers, summer reading programs and other options for our youth and even book clubs or other group activities for adults. .

Additionally, libraries often serve as an important chronicler of local history.

We congratulate everyone involved at the Brooke County Public Library for reaching this milestone and encourage residents to take some time out Saturday and learn more about what they have to offer.

Don’t forget your library card.

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