Smiles, laughter, shared memories, and truly magical moments filled the Woodridge Public Library during its 50th birthday party celebration on Saturday, April 22. Magical moments:
The Library’s past and present came together when four library directors, Pam Dubé, Susan McNeil Marshall, Mary Sue Brown and Laurie Kagann, shared the stage along with the first Children’s Librarian, Carol Ifflen Todd, and current Children’s Librarian—and longest serving staff member with 40 years—Kelly Girard.
Democratic State Senator Pat McGuire and Republican Representative David Olsen jointly presented the library with an Illinois State recognition of its 50 years of service, each expressing support for public libraries as well as their personal pride in being avid readers. Senator McGuire showed off the two most important cards that he carries–his voter card and his library card—while Representative Olsen highlighted the importance of a public library to its community.
Earth Day was observed with Library Trustees stepping out into the beautiful afternoon to dedicate a “50 year” anniversary tree. The tree is expected to be growing strong when the library celebrates its 100th birthday in 2067.
A time capsule ceremony engaged the crowd as objects meaningful to the last 50 years of library history were preserved for a future generation. Objects included an old library-edition of the book Harry Potter, a catalog card, and a humorous letter to the Woodridge Library of 2067 which ponders the possibility of library books being returned by drones.
Once the formal ceremonies were over and “Happy Birthday” had been sung, partygoers of all ages enjoyed nearly 450 servings of cake, cake-pops and cupcakes.
The bash continued with singer Chris Colletti taking the crowd back to 1967, performing songs from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior, delighting attendees who fondly recalled the days of the Rat Pack.
Magician Christopher George wrapped up the day, mesmerizing the standing room only audience when he seemingly made one young partygoer float on a magic carpet.
Fun and community building celebrations of the Woodridge Library’s 50th Year will continue with a big Trivia Night program on May 18 and upcoming summer programs that will recall the 1967 “Summer of Love.”