Over nine days in November, there’s something for everyone!
November 6 – 14, 2021

Main Library is closing, and will soon be demolished to make way for the new – but first, let’s celebrate this turning point in history.

One for the Books is a one-time, free opportunity for our community to honor the history of an uptown anchor, say goodbye to the current building and welcome the future together.

Join us for:

  • book giveaways
  • a documentary premiere featuring over 100 years of history – from Carnegie to the CommonSpark
  • a self-guided audio tour through history
  • a peek at some never-before-seen basement access
  • to hear local authors read from their books
  • watch an internationally recognized muralist create a two-story ode to knowledge
  • and more!

Drop by any branch in October to celebrate in your neighborhood with family activities – and come to Main Library during this special week to celebrate with people from all corners of the County.

All events are FREE, but reservations are recommended and masks are required for indoor activities.

Step Into the Story

Take a walk through time at Main Library – explore 118 years of innovation, community and opportunity on this spot through audio, video, performance and activities. Bring your book club or group!

Weekend days November 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Tours are self-guided and last 90 – 120 minutes

24 Hours of Booky

Local authors and volunteers from the community will read in shifts – in person or on video – for the Library’s longest all-ages storytime!

A Piece of History

You CAN take it with you. We’ll be auctioning and selling some Main Library mementos…quotes on the columns included!

Staff and Donor Recognition Event

This event is by invitation, for Library staff and supporters of the CommonSpark campaign.

The generosity of this community makes it possible to build a new Main Library to serve generations to come. This appreciation celebration honors that generosity.

Please note that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health guidelines in place at the time of each event will be followed. 

One for the Books is made possible with support from:

Presenting Sponsor

Community Sponsor

Documentary Sponsor

Community Artist Sponsor

Event Design

Make it a November to Remember!

Join five New York Times bestsellers and a global community of readers at the Library Foundation’s signature annual fundraiser on November 4, 2021.