Celebrate South Bend Library’s 100th birthday


To celebrate, the library will host a performance by master storytellers and musicians Joe and Paula McHugh on Friday, August 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Cake and punch will be served.

The celebration is the kickoff event for South Bend’s 51st four-day Labor Day weekend festival. The library program and refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the South Bend Timberland Library.

South Bend’s Carnegie library

The classic library was completed in August 1913 with a $10,000 grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. “It’s a very elegant building,” said South Bend Timberland Library Manager, Joann Rucker.

The library has seen a number of maintenance projects and improvements in its time. Most notable in recent years was the installation in 2006 of a lift-elevator that can be accessed from a ground-level exterior door. Because of the lift, people who could not manage the stairs, a regular feature of Carnegie-built libraries, were able to enter the library easily, sometimes for the first time.

In subsequent years, the library interior and exterior have been painted, a new roof and more energy-efficient windows have been installed, and the carpet has been replaced. That said, Ms. Rucker, who will be retiring this September, is proudest of the lift because it made library programs, materials, computers and the assistance of staff accessible to people with limited mobility.

Community celebration

The McHugh’s will perform their show, “Shakin’ Down the Acorns,” with captivating stories and toe-tapping fiddle and banjo tunes as well as a variety of entertainments, including dancing a clog doll, playing a courting dulcimer, and beating fiddle sticks on the strings of the fiddle while the fiddler plays.

Joe draws on a treasure trove of funny stories, anecdotes, myths, ballads, and tales of the supernatural. The couple’s music reaches back to the fiddle tunes and ballads of the early Scotch-Irish pioneers who settled in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The audience will be more than welcome to dance.

The South Bend Timberland Library is located at 1st & Pacific in South Bend. For more details, please contact the library at (360) 875-5532 or visit www.TRL.org.


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