At Monday's meeting of the City of St. Marys Council, Mayor Sally Geyer signed a proclamation declaring July St. Marys Public Library Month to coincide with the library's 100th anniversary.
In reading from the proclamation, Geyer said that the St. Marys Free Public Library first opened its doors on July 2, 1912. Then located in the town hall, it was founded by the Literary Circle of St. Marys, a group of women committed to cultural improvement.
Years later the contents of that library were moved, along with additional donations of materials, to the donated home of Dr. and Mrs. Eben Russ, becoming the Eben J. Russ Library. In 1965 the building was razed in order to construct the building that currently houses the library.
Geyer and city council proclaimed July 2012 as St. Marys Public Library month in hopes of encouraging the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about the community's local public library.
Geyer is shown presenting a copy of the proclamation to St. Marys Public Library Director, Scarlette Corbin, Library Board of Trustees Treasurer, Marilyn Deppen, Library Board of Trustees President, Amy Shields, and Library Board of Trustees Vice President and Secretary, Susan Fledderman.