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Through a public-private partnership headed by the Downtown Council, and utilizing funds from federal, state and municipal sources, corporations, foundations, individuals and the Library district itself, the Library raised the nearly $50 million needed for the project. As a result, the new Central Library opened its doors in 2004. The location features state-of-the-art technology, improved and increased services, meeting rooms, a screening room, a coffee shop and much more, all within the walls of a building originally constructed to convey a sense of strength and continuity. It is upon that foundation the Library places its vision for the next century to come.

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July 2017

Henry Ossian Flipper

July 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

A questionable court-martial ended Henry Ossian Flipper’s military career in 1882—he’d be pardoned more than a century later—but it scarcely stained his place in American history. Born into slavery, Flipper rose to become the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He took charge of the 10th Cavalry Regiment, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, making him the first black officer to command regular Army troops. In the latest installment of the Library’s Meet the Past series, Director Crosby…

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Funky Mama

July 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Krista Eyler ¬ aka Funky Mama ¬ brings her funk/soul style of children’s music to a show that will get everyone up and dancing! Appropriate for all ages. The event is part of the Library’s 2017 Youth Summer Reading Program, themed Build a Better World. For the full lineup and other details, go to

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