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The Lancaster Community Library has been serving the citizens of Lancaster County for fifty years. The highlights of the Library’s development as a center for learning and activity are listed below.

1961    Community Library opens October 22 in the “little white house” on School Street
1962    Story Hour at the Library, conducted by the Lancaster Junior Women’s Club, begins
1964    Summer Reading Program begins
1968    Books and Coffee Program begins
1972    First Library book sale
1975    New Library Building opens on School Street next to original library structure
            Rappahannock Art League (RAL) begins exhibiting at Library
1979    Coast Guard Auxiliary begins meeting in Library
1981    Recorded books added to Library’s collection
1982    Children’s Room at the Library is enlarged
1985    Library qualifies for State support
1986    First certified librarian, Sally Rohlfing, is hired
1991    Library building is expanded
            Storymobile begins service
1992    Susanna Collins becomes Library Director
1994    Library Lottery begins
1995    Library catalog and circulation are computerized
1996    Library adds full-time Children’s Librarian
1997    First public Internet computer made available at the Library
2000    Library goes on-line
2001    Library opens booth at Irvington Market
2006    Wireless Internet becomes available at the Library
            Babygarten program initiated
2007    Lindsy Gardner becomes Library Director
            Original Library "little white house" becomes Storymobile office
2008    Digital books on Playaways introduced at the Library
2010    Downloadable eBooks & audiobooks made available to patrons
            Kilmarnock Entertainment Center Grand Opening (later to become the library)
            Library obtains a part-time Technology Specialist staff position
2011    Library's 50th birthday / Storymobile's 20th birthday / Launch of new website
2014    Capital Campaign begins to raise funds to purchase/renovate the "bowling alley"
            at 16 Town Centre Drive as the new location for the library
2016    Moved into new building at 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock
            Advanced Audio/Video system installation begins
2017    Alice Cooper becomes Library Director
2018    Library migrates to new ILS "Apollo" to manage circulation

Want to see more history in a fun and interesting way? Visit the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to view past events at the library as recorded on our webpages. When the link is clicked the current display will be August, 2011, but using options at the top of the page will position the display to different dates. Currently, the archive holds images of our front page from 2001 to 2018.