News Release     

Board of County Commissioners
Leon County Courthouse
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
(850) 606-5302

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Mathieu Cavell
Public Information Officer

(850) 606-5300

From One Chapter to the Next: LeRoy Collins Leon County Library Celebrates 25 Years

On Saturday, February 13, Leon County Government reinforced its commitment to enriching the community by celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library. 25 years ago, Leon County opened the doors of the downtown library, where more than 14 million patrons have visited since 1991.

To celebrate the library’s meaning to the community, hundreds of book lovers and members of the community gathered for a Story Time reunion, a showcase featuring more than 25 local authors, live musical entertainment and a scavenger hunt for all ages. There was something to discover on every floor and around every corner as each part of the library was for behind the scenes tours.

“The LeRoy Collins Library System has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the young and young at heart,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor. “The Leon County Board of County Commissioners is committed to providing services and so much more, that engage and enhance our community.”

Leon County also launched the third season of the Seed Library where patrons enjoyed a live cooking demonstration by experts at Leon County Cooperative Extension. Attendees learned about vermiculture, how to harvest produce, grow their very own garden, and prepare seasonal recipes.

“Today proves that our libraries are more than buildings and books,” said Leon County Administrator, Vincent S. Long. “County libraries are shared spaces that bring us together to learn and to be inspired. The County’s public library system is a much loved and valued community resource, and the downtown library anchors the six branches.”

Part of the day was also dedicated to memorializing the live oak tree at the Main Library. Local sculptor John Birch performed chainsaw are demonstrations on several remaining portions of the tree. Once complete, the sculptures will commemorate the many years of history witnessed by the venerable live oak.

“Today is a very special day for the Leon County’s Public Library System,” said Cay Hohmeister, Director of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System. “There is truly something for everyone at the library. Enriching the lives of all our visitors through the services we offer is our goal.”

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For more information, contact Cay Hohmeister, Director of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System at (850) 606-2665 / or Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / .