78th Street Community Library
7625 Palm River Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619-4135
September 20, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The roadshow takes a short hiatus during the summer and but the Roadshow crew returns in September 20th to celebrate of the 78th Street Community Library and gather library memories and memorabilia!
We ask that past and current patrons contribute to the 78th Street Community Library history collection by bringing in their library photos, memorabilia, and share what they love about their branch library. Roadshow visitors also may enjoy a Burgert Brother's Historic Photography display curated especially for this event, and may also learn about archiving and digitizing your family's history and personal collections.
About the library's history
In March of 1995, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners allocated funds for the purchase of land for a public library for the Clair-Mel, Palm River and Progress Village neighborhoods after years of anticipation.
On May 31, 1995, the Palm River community convened for a public site meeting at the ClairMel Elementary School to discuss a proposal for a new public library. One year later, construction began with the groundbreaking ceremony held May 23, 1996.
The 78th Street Community Library, dedicated on May 18, 1997, was the result of community advocacy, as well as support from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Board and Hillsborough County staff. Construction of this 8,000 square -foot facility was funded by the .10 mill library property tax. See photos from the dedication.
As library use rose 16% between 2007 and 2008, the library was renovated in June 2008, giving pizzazz to the facility -- new paint, carpet, an integrated circulation/reference desk, lounge furniture for reading. Six years later, 78th Street Community library continues to be a community hub and mecca for lifelong learning.
Check for updates on the library's centennial celebration programs and events.
For more information about the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library History Roadshow, please call: 813-273-3652.