It was one for the books as the Leesburg Public Library held a celebration June 13 to commemorate three milestones. This year marks the library’s 125th anniversary and the 10th anniversary since its existing 45,000-square foot facility opened. In addition, the volunteer-based group Friends of the Leesburg Library formed 55 years ago.
Attendees included library staff, volunteers, and dignitaries such as Bob Bone, Leesburg city commissioner, and Sanna Henderson, former Leesburg mayor. The event was held inside the library’s meeting room.
“We’ve become a destination in downtown Leesburg,” says Lucy Gangone, the library’s director. “Since opening the new facility 10 years ago, more than 2.6 million people have come through our doors. We respond to the needs of our community, and we’re very proactive in meeting those needs.”
Leesburg resident Sandy Cornish also attended the event. She is a faithful at the Barbara Morse Bookstore, which is located on the library’s first floor.
“I have been volunteering at the library for 10 years and love being around people and helping others,” she says. “People call me a professional volunteer.”