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September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Jared Olar, library assistant at Pekin Public Library, will present Pekin’s Ladies and Literacy: How the leading women of Pekin created the city’s original library.
Jared will speak about the 24 November 1866 founding of a library by the Ladies Library Association of Pekin. Their library was transferred to city ownership and recreated as Pekin Public Library in 1896. This year is the 125th anniversary of the Pekin Public Library.
The building was originally built in 1902 as a Carnegie library; replaced in 1972-74 with a Pekin Public Library/Dirksen Congressional Research Center joint facility; and recently recreated (2014) with a six million dollar renovation and expansion project.
Jared’s Bio: For the past decade Jared Olar has been the Pekin Public Library’s local history and genealogist specialist. Jared’s many responsibilities include overseeing the library’s Local History Room collection and archives, assisting patrons with historical and genealogical research, assisting patrons with finding publications, researching topics and posting articles to the library’s From the Local History Room weblog (said articles also published weekly in the local newspaper), presenting library programs on local history, discharging and sorting returned materials.
Business meeting will follow.