and Celebrate the
75th Anniversary of the Smyrna Public Library
3180 Atlanta Road Smyrna, GA 30080
Saturday September 17th
Storytellers, Historic Exhibits, Games, Food, and Door Prizes
September 17th the Smyrna Public Library will celebrate the
75th anniversary of the founding of the library. The celebration
will be held at Brawner Hall on Atlanta Road in Smyrna from
1:00 4:00 PM.
festivities will include music by local keyboardist and vocalist,
Benny Boynton. Benny Boynton is a seasoned pianist and vocalist
having performed with Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Lonestar,
Charlie Daniels, The Marshall Tucker Band, Percy Sledge, Chubby
Checker, The Drifters, Banks & Shane and many more. He
has performed professionally in Atlanta and across the country
for over 35 years.
Current library director, Michael Siegler will give a brief
talk on the history and highlights of the library.
3:00 pm, Feriel Feldman and B.J.Abraham of the Southern Order
of Storytellers will tell Carmen Agra Deedy's "The Library
Dragon" followed by some additional stories.
Abraham has been a storyteller and member of the National
Storytelling Association and a charter member of Southern
Order of Storytellers (SOS) since 1983. She tells to children
and adults, specializing in various dialects and character
voices. Feriel Feldman is past president of Southern Order
of Storytellers. She is a director, actor, storyteller, and
has had teenage storytelling troupes for the last twenty years.
addition, there will be childrens games from the 1930s,
video-taped interviews with library patrons reliving memories
of visiting the library as children and historic exhibits.
and door prizes will also be provided.
first Smyrna Public Library was opened in September of 1936
by the Smyrna Women's Club - with which it shared space. The
initial collection consisted of 50 books on one shelf. Boy
Scouts and other children went door-to-door with wagons and
wheelbarrows collecting donated books to stock the shelves
after it opened.
new 4000 square foot library building was constructed during
the first term of Mayor George Kreeger (1960-1961) for a cost
of $54,000. Additions were made in 1969 and 1973.
current 28,000 square foot library facility, located on the
Village Circle, was dedicated in 1991 and houses a collection
of over 100,000 books and audio-visual materials.