Woodward Public Library to celebrate 75th anniversary

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Founded in 1946 as the Woodward Free Public Library, the original library was located on the ground floor of the fire station at 220 S. Main St. in Woodward.


The Woodward Free Public Library relocated to 122 S. Main St. in 1969.

The Woodward Public Library will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an open house Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library at 118 S. Main St. in Woodward.

At the first Woodward City Council meeting in January 1946, five persons were appointed as library trustees and during the February meeting, the Ordinance for Library Trustees was approved. Mabel Ramsey was the first librarian, and she served until 1967.

The Woodward Public Library has occupied three buildings over the years. The present building was built in 1992.

The Woodward Public Library is celebrating this milestone in conjunction with the annual Woodward’s Friends and Neighbors Day. The open house event will also feature a virtual presentation at 9:30 a.m. by author Garry L. Gooding, who will discuss his most recent book, “Where Courage Began.” The book is a work of historical fiction set in Woodward at the town’s beginning.

Everyone who attends the open house and signs the guest book will be eligible for prizes, including two Kindle e-readers. All attendees will receive a Woodward Public Library logo book bag, a library pen and a library bookmark while supplies last.

The Woodward Centennial Book will be also be available for purchase.

Saturday, June 5 will also be registration day for the Woodward Public Library’s Summer Program. This year’s theme is Reading Colors Your World. The program is for all ages and will meet from June 7 to July 15. This is always a fun summer event, with prizes every day just for reading and attending. A final prize is given to the participants at the end.

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