A week of celebratory activities to mark Public Library Week in Ontario and the end of Deseronto Public Library’s 125th year started in fine style yesterday evening with a fundraising celebratory dinner. The room was beautifully decorated with quilts and memorabilia from times past, including this wonderful quilt which was made in 1967 to mark Canada’s centennial celebrations:

125th Anniversary display

One of the quilt squares, sewn by Doris Root, shows the Deseronto Public Library building at 309 Main Street:

Doris Root's quilt square depicting the Public Library

The Library will have some of these items on display all this week, so do take a chance to drop by and see them if you are in the area. Other events at the Library this week include a free music concert on Thursday October 20th at 7pm and a free afternoon tea event on Saturday October 22nd between 2pm and 5pm.

This festive cartoon came in today in a file of tourism-related flyers and correspondence from Deseronto’s Town Hall. It dates from late 1993 and is possibly from one of the Napanee newspapers. It’s rather puzzling though: does anyone know what had been celebrated a day earlier in Deseronto that year, to trigger this?

UPDATE: Halloween fell on a Sunday in 1993, prompting discussion about celebrating it on the Saturday. Thanks to Gail and Dana for solving that mystery!

This watercolour painting was one of several commissioned by Deseronto Public Library in the early 1960s, leading up to the Centennial celebrations of 1967. It shows the corner of the park and the Post Office, with the Town Hall visible on the right of the picture. The artist was Garnet Hazard (1903-1987), who was living in Deseronto at the time.

The public-spirited aim of the Library Board of the day was that:

Every one who steps into the library can gaze at the town as it is seen by the gifted insight of these painters. Their paintings will capture the courage, hopes, disappointments, struggles, and loveliness of the people of this town.

Rev. Douglas Blair
Library Board

This photograph shows the same view as it appeared on April 16, 2008: