Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mitchell comes to life at Mitchell Library in New Haven

The Donald G. Mitchell Library Centennial Celebration (1910-2010) will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library at 37 Harrison St.
The library has "invited friends & neighbors, planned a centennial cake, engaged a group of jugglers, involved a historian neighbor to share his discoveries about the life of the man for whom the library was named and created a new and exciting exhibit space," according to a statement.

"The Donald Grant Mitchell Memorial Library first established through a subscription base in the “Beecher Home” of 1910 later became a branch of the New Haven Free Public Library system.

Today, Donald G. Mitchell Library sits atop the very same hill overlooking Westville Center with Beecher Park encompassing the backyard and West Rock framing the newly renovated windows," the statement said.

Funding for the centennial event was provided by The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. “The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) is a family foundation established in 1986 by Emily Hall Tremaine. Based in Connecticut, the Foundation seeks to promote innovative solutions to basic and enduring problems in the United States through grantmaking programs related to art, environment, and learning disabilities,” the statement said

Information can be found under Highlights on library’s homepage:

Editor's note: Information in this post was contributed wholly by library officials.

At the celebration, Harold Houston, shown in top photo, a neighborhood 'historian' will take a look at Donald G. Mitchell’s life and his impact on the neighborhood, the statement said. 
City Librarian Christopher Korenowsky will welcome the party goers and a piece of 'Centennial Cake' will be enjoyed by all, the statement said. 
For kids and adults alike, Airborne Jugglers will perform and a new exhibit space will be inaugurated with the opening of an exhibition entitled:  “New Haven: A Century in Photographs and 100 Years of Books in New Haven: A Journey across Time, Culture, Languages and Genres”  Created by students from the Yale Public Humanities Program, the photography exhibit emphasizes “how people who have lived here made and continue to make New Haven a special place,” the statement said.

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