Cape Girardeau Public Library celebrates its 100 year anniversary

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The public library celebrates its 100-year anniversary on June 15, 2022.   

The library was established in the early 1900s. The building first started as a women’s club. Andrew Carnegie, an American Industrialist, helped fund the public library which led to the construction of the first library in 1922.   

Since 1922, the public library has gained more than 100,000 different books and other items. The library building was redesigned in 2009 to represent the Mississippi River.  

Throughout the year, the library commemorates this historic celebration by hosting many events as the year continues. These events include a main celebration, a new limited edition library card, and much more.   

“It’s obviously a wonderful milestone,” said Katie Earnhart, Library Director. “It’s something that only happens once, and I’m honored to be at the helm of the library at this time. Also making sure that we’re giving recognition how we can and how we need to because it doesn’t have to do with me, it has to do with the patrons. The patrons are why we’re here.” 

On June 15, 2022, the library will host an open house starting at 4:30 p.m. at its location at 711 Clark Street.

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