Fluvanna Free Library Celebrates 100 Years

One local library has entered into the triple digits.

On Friday, the Fluvanna Free Library hosted a celebration free and open to the public to commemorate its 100-year anniversary, featuring a book sale, bake sale, petting zoo by Mike Morton, popcorn, hotdogs, games and more.

According to Christine Anderson, library director, the kids especially enjoyed the petting zoo.

“The credit really goes to our volunteers,” Anderson said of the library.

“It has become a nice community gathering place for classes and meetings.”

After its humble beginnings in 1914 with the formation of a library association at the suggestion of Bertha Phillips, director of the Fluvanna Girls Club, the library was first located in a cloak room on the top floor of the old Fluvanna School. As the school grew, the library’s location changed multiple times, and in November 1916, the library was registered as the Fluvanna Free Library by the Board of Regents at Albany.

The construction of the library’s current location began in 1953. In 1970, an additional room was added to the back of the building.

The library’s book sale will continue today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be a “bag sale” on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $3 per bag.

The Fluvanna Free Library is located at 3532 Fluvanna Ave. Extension in Jamestown.

For more information, contact Anderson at 487-1773.