Camas, WA — “A century in the books!” That’s the slogan that will help the Camas Library celebrate a momentous occasion – turning 100 years old. And, library administrators have organized multiple events to commemorate this milestone.
The library’s official birthday will be celebrated April 4, 2023; however, the library has a full slate of activities throughout the entire year to mark this amazing feat. And it all starts with a special edition centennial library card, which is only available during 2023. For those that already have a library card, you may swap your current one out free of charge.
History Speaks (Speaker Series)
Six speaking engagements will take place throughout the year to inform citizens and to illuminate Camas’ illustrious past. The first in the series is the official kick-off for the centennial year.
Women Who Shaped Camas
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 pm, Garver Theater
Barbara Baldus, a founder of the Library’s Second Story Gallery; Nan Henriksen, former mayor of Camas; local historian Virginia Warren, and Carrie Schulstad, executive director of the Downtown Camas Association, will lead a panel discussion moderated by Bradley Richardson, executive director of the Clark County Historical Museum.
Other Speaking Events (All at the library):
- The Forgotten Front: Gender, Labor, and Politics in Camas, Washington, and the Northwest Paper Industry, 1913-1918 (April)
- Will the 2020s Roar like the 1920s? (May)
- A Promise Not Yet Fulfilled: The Chinook Struggle for Recognition (July)
- Legendary Locals Author Event with Rene Carroll (September)
- Whiskey and Wiretaps: The Northwest’s Rumrunning King (November)
The Library Turns 100
Tuesday, April 4, 10 am–8 pm
Stop by the Library anytime during open hours to celebrate the Library’s big day. There’ll be music, goodies and giveaways.
Second Story Gallery
Each of the Library’s six Second Story Gallery shows will have a connection to the centennial in 2023. Read below for the first two shows, covering January – April.
Read All About It (January & February)
This show will consist of reproduced cover pages from the local newspaper, which was originally called LaCamas Post and is now The Camas-Washougal Post-Record. The headlines will be drawn from the first 50 years of the paper’s life, 1908-1958. The reproduced cover pages will reveal to patrons a snapshot of what was happening in our community throughout these years, while also highlighting the local coverage of regional events and reporting on national headlines. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 6, 5-8 pm.
A Century in the Books (March & April)
This exhibit will showcase a timeline of Library milestones over the past 100 years. From the initial conception for a public library space to the current building on 4th Ave., enjoy a walk-through time to see historical photos and learn interesting facts from the past century. The opening reception is Friday, March 3, 5-8 pm.
This just a sampling of the upcoming year, which will include programs for all ages, events around town, and historical documents you may explore online. Residents interested in taking part can also be on the lookout for upcoming library story and memory requests.
More information at https://www.cityofcamas.us/library