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Temple Terrace library turns 50
Temple Terrace library turns 50

Temple Terrace, Florida -- What began as a small, one-room collection of hand-me-down books has grown into one of the busiest public libraries in Hillsborough County, with more than 250,000 visitors annually.

The Temple Terrace Public Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary as part of National Library Week (April 8-14). The library will host an Anniversary Reception on Monday, April 9 with guest speakers, exhibits, refreshments, dignitaries, good friends and wonderful stories of years gone by.

The reception will kick off a fun-filled week of activities and festivities for library lovers of all ages.

It's all part of National Library Week, a celebration of the contributions of libraries and librarians across the country. The theme for this year's event is You Belong @ Your Library, and that's especially true during the Temple Terrace Public Library's 50th anniversary celebration.

In 1959, the GFWC Temple Terrace Woman's Club inspired the creation of a Temple Terrace library, and the following year the library opened its doors in a one-room caddy shack along the golf course donated by the city.  Books were donated, and the staff consisted entirely of Woman's Club volunteers.

In 1962, the club turned over the library's operations to the city, kicking off its current run.

Today, the library boasts more than 100,000 books and other materials at its facility at 202 Bullard Parkway.

Throughout the 50th anniversary week, the library will be adorned with banners, exhibits and displays.

A poster and essay contest for kids is under way, and prizes (including Amazon Kindles and gift certificates) will be awarded to the winners.

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