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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Edmonton Public Library Turns 100

Written by Kyle Slagley

One week ago today, the Edmonton Public Library in Alberta celebrated their 100th anniversary. According to their website, EPL has gone from a single location above a meat shop in 1913 to a 17-branch system with over 300 employees.

EPL has been the first library in Canada to take quite a few milestone steps. EPL was the first to use a computer-based circulation system, the first to offer patrons online access to their catalog, and the first to operate out of a streetcar – the predecessor to the bookmobile.

Edmonton has scheduled events all throughout 2013 to celebrate their centennial. There are photo displays on the history of the EPL system, outdoor festivals with live music, games, and activities, barbeques later this summer, and comedian Rick Mercer will perform free for all EPL cardholders in June.

Stop by their website to get more information on the events they have planned and get some ideas for your library’s next big celebration!

Congratulations to the staff of Edmonton Public Library and to the Edmonton, AB community on 100 years!

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