On Saturday, November 7 from 3 to 5 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library invites the community to celebrate its 100th Birthday with an afternoon party at the library. Light refreshments and birthday cake will be served.
There will be live music, a raffle and a silent auction. Items will be on display at the library for bidding starting the week of October 26. Party-goers are encouraged to dress up in period costumes.
In October 1799, The Rockingham Library Society was established by a small group of settlers from the village of Rockingham, pop. 1000, who bought shares for $1 each.
Over the years the library changed locations as it grew. In 1908, citizens voted to purchase land for a larger Library, and to accept the gift of $15,000 from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.
His philanthropy helped build 1,846 libraries in this country, each unique, each exquisite.
The Rockingham Free Public Library was completed in November of 1909. It is in the Classical Revival style, and one of four Carnegie buildings in Vermont.
Come help us celebrate our Centennial with conviviality, food, fun and entertainment.