BATH - The community is invited Saturday to the Dormann Library to a celebration in honor of its 150th Anniversary and to share in the joy of this momentous occasion.
“I have served as the director for over 16 years and have seen the library evolve into an amazing, dynamic community center that provides a wide variety of programs and resources - including our newest resource the beautiful music garden - for residents and visitors of all ages,” said Carol S. Berry, Director of the Dormann Library. “This celebration is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community for supporting the library.”
Berry said the gathering will also serve to introduce their musical garden to the town and village of Bath.
Following opening remarks by Angie Longwell, President of the Dormann Library’s Board of Trustees at 2 p.m., Kirk House, the Executive Director of the Steuben County Historical Society, will offer a presentation from on the history of the library.
House and others will reflect on the role that the Dormann Library has played in its 150 years of service to the community.
The new musical garden will be launched from 3-4 p.m., Berry said.
The free standing equipment that makes up the musical garden will allow people of all ages to enjoy creative musical play in the lovely outdoor space that surrounds the Dormann Library and Magee House.
“There will be musical offerings to whet your appetite, including a performance by the Dana L. Lyon Middle School 4th grade choir,” Berry said. “To finish out the afternoon, there will be an Ice Cream Social at the library’s Chapter’s Cafe (from 4-5 p.m.).”
Berry said in 1869, the Bath Library Association was formed.
“Through the years our name might have changed but our mission hasn’t and now as the Dormann Library, we are proud to continue to offer our community new and innovative ways to engage in life-long learning,” Berry said.
People are also invited to take part in curated tours of the Dormann Library and the Magee House. As with any anniversary, it is important to look back to see where you came from, but we are most excited about looking forward to finding out what our future holds.
Longwell said the Dormann Library Board of Trustees strives to meet the needs of those they serve.
“Although trustees come and go over the years, the history of the Library and its relationship with the community is passed along,” Longwell said. “We are delighted to be able to continue the tradition of partnering with residents, local small business owners, and non-profit organizations to build the resources for youth, families, and adults in Bath through the 150th celebration and for years to come.”