Members of the Wool Basket Keepers donated a rug in celebration of the South Whitley Community Public Libraryâ€™s 100th year anniversary. Pictured from left: Marjorie Kennedy Babbitt, Vicki Pletcher, Linda Haas, Patty Metzger and Sally Reuter. Post & Mail photo / Melany Love
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Saturday marked the 100-year anniversary of the South Whitley Community Public Library.
More than 100 former library workers, relatives of the late librarian Marian Bollinger, and members of the community joined in the festivities with balloons, refreshments and party favors.
While the party was officially for the library, the life of Bollinger was recognized for her part in the foundation of the library.
Patty Weybright, library board president and Whitko High School librarian, spoke at the event.
She introduced other speakers including a friend of Bollingerâ€™s grandson, David Warner, and the Vice President of the Indiana State Library Board, Jon Myers.
Tears were shed when remembering the legacy of Bollinger, who played a key role in preserving historical records.
Bollinger was described as a soft-spoken, kind woman who gave 72 years to the South Whitley Community Public Library.
She also wrote a column for the Tribune News, published a book and ran her household, the library and her husbandâ€™s Fort Wayne business, Mill Supply Inc., after his passing at age 52.
She was mentioned in The Post & Mail several times in her life for her achievements as well. Her love of books and history was legendary.
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