Derby Public Library Rededicated

Derby Public Library

Ribbon Cutting

Almost 98 years after it was first dedicated, the Derby Public Library was rededicated on Sunday, May 21, 2000 following the completion of a major expansion and renovation. The building is now much larger, fully handicapped accessible and full of the latest technology as the library prepares for a new century of activity. Click here to learn more about the origins of this treasured community asset.

The rededication began with a ribbon cutting at the original front entrance and then moved to the new community room on the third floor. Once a center of  community activity including dances, the room had been out of bounds for public use for decades. The dedication ceremony in the room brought back memories of days gone by as a variety of speakers remembered the past and looked forward to a new era of service. The speaking program was followed by an open house, refreshments and a performance by the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sayard Stone.

The speaking program included:

  • Karen Higginson - Library Director

  • Matthew Cohen - on behalf of the Cohen Family Book Fund

  • Honorable Mayor Marc J. Garofalo

  • Senator Joe Crisco

  • Representative Themis Klarides

  • Representative Vincent Tonucci

  • Mary Louise Jensen, Library Building Consultant

Check out some pictures from the construction phase here.

More photos:    Rededication Program   Bottom Floor    Main Floor    Top Floor  Construction Pictures

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