Events planned throughout the next year

The new Idyllwild Library card, depicting the centennial logo, “Mary reading Dickens.” Courtesy of Shannon Ng

The 100th anniversary of the opening of the Idyllwild Library will be July 27, 2020. In anticipation, the library and Friends of the Library have planned a one-year celebration of events beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27 in Idypark.
The Friends of the Idyllwild Library and Librarian Shannon Ng have already invested considerable time preparing the celebration.
“I’m excited,” Ng admitted. “I started thinking about it years ago and anticipated who would be involved. The Friends went nuts! So much has been planned for the year. It’s full of things.”
The kick-off is Friday. However, much more is planned, including special photography exhibits, a special centennial logo library card, a theater production, all culminating on the centennial date next July.
Ng suggested the possibility of a documentary.
At the kick-off, the new library cards with a special logo, will be available. A calligrapher will create personal bookmarks. Two quilts created by the Mountain Quilters of Idyllwild will be on display (see story on B2). Tickets may be purchased for the opportunity to own one of them. Tickets will continue to be sold during the fall, especially at the Quilters’ Annual Show in October. The award will be presented during the centennial event next July.
One quilt portrays, the “Mary reading Dickens” sculpture, honoring Mary Austin that sits in front of the library. Dore Capitani created the piece and Jan Jaspers-Fayer designed it.
The second quilt honors the famous advocate of children’s reading — Dr. Suess.
The quilts of the mountain in the library’s conference room have been taken down for the year. The Friends of the Library have created a centennial timeline that fills the wall. Joye Schmiedt, Jean Stein, and Susan and Bill Judkins are the creators of the timeline.
A time capsule will also be part of the celebration. People can donate items for possible inclusion in the capsule. Those that may not fit or are duplicates will be returned to the donor.
The time capsule will be sealed and remain in the library until opened in 2045.