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Library History Roadshow Comes to Charles J. Fendig Public Library

The Library History Road Show is a traveling event to gather and digitally preserve the history of local libraries.

From Hillsborough County Government Online:

The Library History Roadshow will stop at the Charles J. Fendig Public Library, 3909 W. Neptune St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.

Library patrons are encouraged to bring their Charles J. Fendig Public Library memories, photographs and memorabilia to share.

Joe Chillura, the architect for the library and a South Tampa resident, will speak on the history of the library and provide a tour pointing out architectural details of the building at 2 p.m.

Originally known as the Peninsular Branch Library, this library opened for service in November 1960 in a rented storefront at 3837 Neptune St.

The library quickly outgrew its quarters, so a new one opened at 3909 W. Neptune St. in August 1968.

In 2001, the library was renamed in honor of long-time Library Board member, Charles J. Fendig. The same library building serves the South Tampa community to this day.

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries will celebrate their 100th Anniversary in 2014.

To prepare, the libraries have partnered with the Tampa Bay History Center, the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, and other community partners to present the Library History Roadshow.

The Library History Roadshow will make stops at library branches throughout Hillsborough County through 2013 to gather and document the communities’ library memories, photographs and memorabilia.

Staff and volunteers work onsite at each Library History Roadshow to digitally scan photos and other printed items that residents bring, and immediately return the originals to their owners.

For more information about the Library History Roadshow, and to see photos and videos of library memories and treasures, visit http://thplhistoryroadshow.blogspot.com.

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