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Blue Ridge Summit Free Library to mark 55 years

A birthday bash, including musical entertainment and a used book sale, is planned for Saturday

September 10, 2013
  • The Blue Ridge Summit Free Library is shown in this 2008 Herald-Mail file photo. The library will celebrate its 55th year of service in a former train station during a special event Saturday, Sept. 14.
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BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. — Blue Ridge Summit Free Library will celebrate its 55th year of service in a former train station during a special event Saturday, Sept. 14.

Western Maryland Railway gave the station to the library with the stipulation that it must always be used as a library, according to a news release.

The library is planning a birthday bash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It includes a used book sale with thousands of selections, including items recently weeded from the library’s collection.

A cake-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. with free refreshments. At 11 a.m., Maxine Beck and Marie Lanser Beck will hold a story hour.

Historian David Cline will be discussing the history of the station and railway in the morning. He will have photos and other items on display.

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Also on tap are musical entertainment, vendors and information about interior remodeling being done in the library.

In other library events, author, editor and speaker Steve Luxenberg will be on hand on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Luxenberg will discuss his award-winning nonfiction book “Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret.”

The book is described as equal parts detective story, social history and memoir. It revolves around his mother’s decision to hide the existence of a sister, Annie, who was institutionalized for 31 years in a Michigan asylum.

The free program includes a book signing.

The library is at 13676 Monterey Lane in Blue Ridge Summit.

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