Monday, May 20, 2013

Austin Davis Public Library 20th Anniversary Celebrated

Austin Davis Public Library and the Odessa community celebrated their 20th anniversary on May 18, 2013.  Attendees enjoyed a fabulously delicious cake supplied by the Friends of the Austin Davis Library, as well as storytelling, singing and a historical photo exhibit about the Citrus Park-Keystone area and its library history.

The Library History Roadshow crew were on site to digitize the Friends' scrapbooks and photographs and to video-record attendees' library memories for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library History archival collection. Check out some photos from the event!

Special thanks to the Austin Davis Public Library staff and to the Friends of the Austin Davis Library for their hospitality in accommodating the roadshow team. Thank you also to all who attended and contributed their library memories to be preserved for generations to come!

Below, retired Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library librarian and current President o fthe Friends of the Austin Davis Library,  Virginia Blair gives insight into her experiences as a librarian, the library's early beginnings and its development into a hub of cultural activity for the community.

Odessa native Frances Barksdale, whose family has contributed to the library's Community Tree, recalls this rural area's first library -- the Citrus Park Keystone Library (1979-1993) -- which was located in Fox's Corner shopping center.  Frances knew the Davis family personally and shares her story of how Mrs. Davis's influence was the driving force resulting in a generous donation from W-D Charities, Inc. for the construction of this library in Keystone Park in the early 1990s.

James Ligertwood is a former neighbor of Austin Davis. He relates this fun anecdote; demonstrating the personable nature of Mr. Davis.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this roadshow.  Please mark your calendar for these up-coming events: