Our History

100th Anniversary Celebration

          See old movies of Akron here: Old Akron Movies

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35th Anniversary Celebration

(Excerpts from the 1965 Akron Public Library’s Anniversary Booklet, written by Velma Bright and Gloria Bowen.) October 21, 1950 was an outstanding day in Akron, Indiana, as it was the 35th Anniversary of the Library. On October 21, 1915 the Akron Carnegie Public Library opened its doors to the reading public. The 35th Anniversary celebration …

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50th Anniversary Celebration

(Excerpts from the 1965 Akron Public Library’s Anniversary Booklet, written by Velma Bright and Gloria Bowen.) A large crowd attended the 50th Anniversary of the Akron Carnegie Public Library which was observed on Sunday afternoon, October 24, 1965 with “Open House” from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The merchants displayed yellow streamers on their windows …

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75th Anniversary Celebration

The 75th Anniversary of the Akron Public Library was on October 21, 1990.  Shown below are some pictures taken at the Open House Celebration on November 11, 1990.         The Elvah Ferry Children’s Room… From One Generation to the Next!           1990   Read more: Our 100th Anniversary Celebration   …

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Akron Old Movies (Late 1930s)

Footage taken by Earl Troutman in the late 1930s.  Narrated in the 1970s by former Library Director Velma Bright.

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Akron Public Library Board of Trustees

Past to Present   Mrs. M. L. Patterson   1912-1929 Elvah Ferry   1912-1917 E. A. Gast   1912-1914 W. C. Hosman   1912-1927 W. F. Neal   1912-1913 D. M. Whitcomb   1912-1914 Dessa Sayger Fultz   1912-1938 E. L. Scott   1912-1942 Fred Blackburn   1913-1921 J. D. Heighway   1915-1918 Roy Jones   1917-1924, 1940 & 1941 Walter Haldeman   1917-1921 Mrs. Fred Blackburn   1917-1938 William …

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Early History

  AKRON CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY AKRON, INDIANA    1915 – 2015 The Akron Carnegie Public Library is the result of the enthusiasm of Rev. M. H. Krause and a few other spirited citizens of Akron.  Their goal was to provide the area with better community resources and facilities through the establishment of a public library. Prior to …

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Our Librarians and Staff

Akron Public Library Directors Miss Edna Wilhoit was the first librarian of the Akron Library.  At that time in 1912, the library was located in the rooms over the Wilhoit and Hoffman Meat Market in Akron.  After the new Akron Carnegie Public Library was completed, she continued to serve as the librarian until March of 1918, when Miss Wilhoit, now Mrs. Cecil …

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