TROY — The Allen F. Pierce Free Library in Troy is closing the book on a very special year.
In 2012, the library celebrated its 100th anniversary in a variety of ways.
Sue Wolfe, the librarian, asked the Troy Chamber of Commerce to honor the library’s anniversary with its annual Christmas ball and wooden building replica collectible.
And the chamber was happy to do so.
Both items, which feature the library, are for sale at the library.
Taking one of the Christmas balls out of its box, Wolfe held the ornament in front of the library’s Christmas tree and commented, “I think it’s a good ending to the year.”
There was also an open house this year and a citation from state Rep. Matt Baker.
The citation notes that the House “congratulates the Allen F. Pierce Free Library upon its well-deserved recognition” and “offers best wishes for continued growth and success in the years to come.”
“Throughout its rich history, the library has grown and flourished due to strong visionary leadership, a deep belief in the power of the written word, and an environment which promotes education, entertainment, and achievement for each citizen in the community,” the citation reads.
In addition to being signed by Baker, the citation is signed by Samuel H. Smith, Speaker of the House, and Anthony Frank Barbush, Chief Clerk of the House.
All the library’s regular programs “had a hint of excitement and celebration” due to the anniversary, she said.
Also this year, the library had a “Memory Album” in which people could write comments on cards that were placed in the book.
Wolfe said 34 pages of the album were filled, with two cards on each page.
On one card, Rose Lovell praised Wolfe. “It’s the librarian that makes the library a welcome place,” she said.
Brandon Clark wrote that he was a frequent visitor who enjoys the library’s books and internet.
Jennifer Stowell commented that the library had a “very good selection of books” and the librarians are “very polite and knowledgeable, very helpful.”
Etsuko Taylor stated, “I like the friendly atmosphere of this library.”
“Troy should be real proud of this library and it is a great asset to the town,” wrote William Bruhl. He said there was no shortage of good books and reading material.
Wolfe said that the public can still write in the Memory Album.
According to Wolfe, the library opened as the Troy Free Public Library on Jan. 20, 1912. It was first located in the Civic Building, which is now Citizens and Northern Bank.
The post office shared the building with the library, and in November 1977, the Troy Post Office decided to build a new building. The library had to find another location, and decided to build onto the borough hall for its new quarters. Then, on Oct. 29, 1978, Peggy Elfvin, daughter of the late Allen F. Pierce, presided over the ribbon cutting and ceremonies for the new library building, and it was renamed the Allen F. Pierce Free Library due to a large donation from the Allen F. Pierce Foundation.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com