Officials creating a video retrospective for Mid-Columbia Libraries' 65th anniversary

Ty Beaver, Tri-City HeraldApril 30, 2014 

Do you remember the days when the Mid-Columbia Libraries were a single bookmobile rolling through the region's farming communities?

Library officials want to hear about it.

Officials are recording interviews of residents talking about their experiences and memories of the library district as part of a video retrospective for a 65th anniversary celebration later this year.

They're also looking for artifacts from those first years, such as library cards and photographs.

"The library has a rich history, and we want to preserve that," Davin Diaz, a library spokesman, told the Herald.

Community members came together in 1948 to form the first board of directors.

While there were libraries in the Tri-Cities, the library district was meant to serve the region's unincorporated areas.

It provided a rare opportunity for families to explore the world through reading.

There is still a bookmobile service, but the district now has 12 branch libraries in Benton, Franklin and Adams counties, serving most of the communities in and around the Tri-Cities with hundreds of thousands of books and other printed materials.

Patrons also can download a variety of digital books, magazines, music and audiobooks to e-readers and tablet computers.

And while the history of the library district is one of the main ideas behind the retrospective, library officials said they want to hear from anybody who has been touched by their library.

They'd also like current as well as vintage photos of branch libraries and fun stories from people of all ages.

Diaz said work on the video retrospective has already started, but there is still time for people to volunteer their stories, photos and other items to be included.

People are encouraged to contact the library by email at comm@mcl-lib.org.

They can also contact the library through the district's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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