Honoring the Oldest Patrons at the Library

The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library honored the oldest library patron from each of the branches in a special event at the Elkton facility Friday. Rose Milnor, president of the Friends, joined by Commissioner Rebecca Demmler, welcomed this special group of users and friends and asked them to make a few remarks about what libraries mean for them. One gentleman talked about becoming a user back in the 1920s, while another told about the importance of the audio collection.  One lady told the assembled crowd about how she became acquainted with Cecil’s system soon after leaving the Navy in World War II. After that she started working for the library and drove “Big Bertha,” the bookmobile around to the rural corners of Cecil County in the 1950s, making long-term friendships that still exist today. Other talked bout how much the library meant to them and how it enriched their lives. After those comments, Commissioner Demmler presented a certificate of appreciation from the Commissioners to each patron and offered her thanks for library support in the community. (The list of those recognized, follows this post.).

This was an excellent recognition idea and we thoroughly enjoyed attending the event, which recognized a special group of patrons. We also enjoyed hearing so many fascinating stories about how libraries have enriched people for over half-a-century The Friends work to support the County Library system, through fundraising and advocacy projects. Check out this worthwhile group at their page on the web.

Here is the list of the recognized individuals:

Ava Blackburn – Port Deposit

Faye Branca – Cecilton

Robert Green – North East

Gertrude Eveland – Chesapeake

Muriel Nier – Elkton

Bessie Graham – Rising Sun


Lee O'Brien, Assistant Library Director, Commissioner Rebecca Demmler, and Rose Milnor, President of the Friends welcome the patrons'


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