POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 9:14pm
Longview, TX — The Longview Public Library is celebrating 25 years of service to the community with special events planned for the week of July 3 – 8. The celebration marks the 25th anniversary of the library’s current 35,000 square foot facility at 222 W. Cotton Street. Special activities during the week include a party on the plaza, guest speakers, authors, a writer’s workshop, teen prom, and more.
The library facility was built in 1987 following a successful community-led fundraising effort. A small community library had been located on the campus of Foster Middle School, but several key individuals in the community envisioned a larger library with more resources. Dr. Peggy Coghlan was the driving force in the planning, construction, and dedication of the library. “We knew there was a need for a new first-class library for a first-class city. It has been a pleasure to see the library continue to grow as a valuable resource for the community during the past 25 years,” says Dr. Coghlan.
The Longview Public Library offers a varied collection of reference materials, local history, government documents, maps and microforms, magazines, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, DVDs, Blu-Rays, PC computers, Mac computers, Wifi, eBooks, audiobooks, genealogy resources, as well as special activities and events. For more information about the Longview Public Library, please call 903-237-1350 or visit www.LongviewLibrary.com 
Longview Public Library’s 25th Anniversary Special Events:
• Tuesday, July 3: Narrator C.J. Critt will be here with a family friendly Tom Sawyer program at 10:30 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. evening reading of Janet Evanovich for mom and dad! You may recognize her voice from the many Audiobooks she's read and recorded so come on out and put a face to the voice behind the characters!
• Wednesday, July 4: Pizazz on the Plaza! It's our Independence Day celebratory party from 2:00 PM - 4:00 p.m.! We'll have pony rides, games, clowns, popcorn, snowcones, face painting, Zumba for kids, and more!
• Thursday, July 5: Haunted Historian Jodi Breckenridge will be joining us at 7:00 p.m.! Jodi leads the ghost tours in nearby Jefferson and will share her spooky, spirit-filled stories and experiences with us about the haunted history of East Texas!
• Friday, July 6: Genealogist Carol Taylor is coming at 3:00 p.m. to talk about researching your ancestors from the Civil War period. Want to track down your family during that time period? She can help! Then come back for another one of our infamous Genealogy Lock-Ins from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.!
• Saturday, July 7: New Wave/80s Teen Prom! This event is for the teens only! They'll be jamming out to hits from the 80s. Come in costume for the chance to win a prize & bring your dance moves for another chance to win! It's going to be a blast from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
• Sunday, July 8: Texas Author Rosanna Herndon, PhD, will be here at 2:00 PM to sign copies of and discuss her novel, The Line From Here To There, which tells of Scottish immigrants that settled in Texas. Afterwards, Dr. Herndon will teach us how to write our own personal story in a free writer's workshop (no experience necessary)! We will be selling copies of the book here and you can also check it out from our collection!