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Grand Opening Photos - Friday, February 23, 2001

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Mayor reads to kids
Mayor Ray Baker reads to kids at the Library's Read-A-Thon.

Cake
Soon to be nothing but crumbs, a cake congratulates the citizens on their new library.

We had a big crowd
The food, donated by several area restaurants, was a huge hit with the crowds Friday night.

The decorating committee
Decorations committee members Kathy Cook, Cheslea Harper, Ruth Brewer and Kathy Elliott
work their magic on the library for Friday night's festivities.

Northside High School Jazz Band
The Northside High School Jazz Band performs in the rotunda.

Strings
Fort Smith Public School Strings serenade the crowd.

The crowds viewed from the central stair
A view of the crowds from the central stair.

Over 1700 people came Friday night
Another view of the more than 1700 people who attended the opening festivities on Friday night.

The National Anthem
Kendall Triplett leads the crowd in a goosebump-raising rendition of the National Anthem.

Dedication ceremony
Library Board President Luanne Weir, Library Director Larry Larson and
Library Architect Jeff Scherer during the dedication ceremony

Dedication ceremony
Library Director Larry Larson and Library Architect Jeff Scherer at the dedication ceremony.

Tossing the rose petals
City Directors and Library Board members toss rose petals in the air as part of the ceremony.

Arvest Bank donation
John Womack of Arvest Bank adds to the festivities by presenting
a donation to the Fort Smith Public Library Endowment Trust.

Artist Brett Longley donates a painting to the Library.
Artist Brett Longley donates a painting to the Library.

Sculpture workshop with Doug Warnock
Sculptor Doug Warnock conducts a workshop with kids. The kids' wax figures will be used
in the piece Doug constructs for the library this summer.


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Many thanks to the following photographers: Kay Baker, Kristi Cate, Joseph Cope, Bradley Martin, Mary Martin, Lynn Riebow, Dennis Russell, Ann Sayer, Mikel Van Scott and Greg Smith.

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