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Palo Alto Library Centennial Celebration

In the 1890's, a Free Reading Room of the Woman's Club of Palo Alto served as Palo Alto's only library.  In 1902, the Woman's Club petitioned the City to assume responsibility for a public library, creating the Palo Alto Library from which our community continues to reap great benefit.

One hundred years later, on April 28, 2002, Palo Alto celebrated the centennial of the library at a huge party attended by library staff, government officials, volunteers, the press, and the general community.  Here are some glimpses of the event:

Palo Alto's Mayor Vic Ojakian at the Library Centennial Celebration


The 100th Anniversary Celebration was co-sponsored by the Woman's Club of Palo Alto and the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, in collaboration with the Palo Alto City Library.

Honored Guests: Library Supporters Extraordinaire

The following individuals were honored for their exceptional efforts to help Palo Alto libraries:

Eugene Bulf
Keith Clark
Gretchen Emmons
Mary Louise Hanley
Jim Inglis
Warren Kallenbach
Molly Meschke
Eugene O'Sullivan
Mary Jean Place
Frenchie Perry
Mary Alice (Mav) Ralls
Tinker Spar
Ellen Wyman
Tom Wyman

Centennial Contributors

We would like to thank the following for their generosity, contributions, and support:

Beth Bunnenberg
Boys Scouts of America, Troop #5
Citation Press, Santa Clara
Diddams Amazing Party Store
Galarneau & Sinn
Girls Scouts of America, Troop #324
Harmony Bakery
Ellen Harrington
Ralph Igler
Gail and Skip Justman
Library Advisory Commission
Jim Lyons
Museum of American Heritage
Palo Alto City Library Administration
The Palo Alto Daily News
Palo Alto Historical Association
The Palo Alto Weekly
Piazza's FIne Foods, Palo Alto
PIP - Postal Instant Press, Palo Alto
PTA Council, PAUSD
The Bay Area Costume Cooperative @ TheaterWorks
University Art
Youth Community Services


Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 public benefit corporation, dedicated to helping Palo Alto's Public Libraries.  Contact us at info@friendspaloaltolib.org or PO Box 41, Palo Alto, CA 94302-0041.  Privacy Policy

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