Kathleen Menton frequents the DeWitt Community Library, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.
DeWitt If all goes according to plan, the DeWitt Community Library will be getting a late birthday present in the form of a new location.
The library, which officially turns 50 years old on April 8, is in the midst of a year-long celebration for a place the community loves. Executive Director Wendy Scott, who’s held the position since May, 2009, said the library — a fixture at ShoppingTown Mall since its inception in 1962 — is hoping to move forward with plans to move into its own building.
“We’re here to best serve the community,” Scott said. “Our trustees are looking at all of our options and we should know a lot more in the coming months.”
Scott said the trustees set out a strategic planning initiative last year, and received 600 responses from members of the community. The result? Locals are very excited and ready for the library to come out of the mall and move to its own locale.
However, there is no other information at this time, as Scott said there is still a ton of work to be done before any announcement is made.
In the meantime, there is a lot going on during the birthday bash. On April 20, a silent auction will be held, with some of the proceeds going toward the new location. Local businesses are donating gift baskets on which to bid during the two-hour long event that begins at 7 p.m. Along with the auction, drinks and finger foods will be served.
“It’s a birthday party of sorts for us,” Scott said. “We are closing the library for this, and it’s invite-only. It will be a fun night for all while supporting the local community.”
Later in the fall, Scott said the library will be hosting a Fall Family Fest, but the date and location is currently unknown. In celebration of 50 years, Scott said, the theme for the fest will be 1962, meaning she’s hoping people will come dressed for that time period.