Now We Are 150

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Back in January 1872, it was through the dedicated efforts of enterprising local villagers and public school trustees that library service started in our community. Burlington Public Library's story began in the old Central Public School hallway, where villagers could stop by for an hour every Friday afternoon to borrow a book. But, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the townspeople, the growing collection soon became too big for its location. So, some very generous folks rallied to support their local library service—by taking turns hosting over 2,000 books in their homes and businesses until the first permanent library site opened in 1907. Visit our historical timeline to read how our community raised the thriving library system we have today.

Now 150 years on, we're excited to celebrate BPL's sesquicentennial with you throughout 2022.

Boldly design where no library has gone before! To kick-off our birthday year, our annual Burlington Bookmarks Contest challenged you to take a giant time-travel leap 150 years into the future and imagine Our Library in 2172. Check out the winning entries!

Join us for our birthday events this fall!

BPL 150th Birthday Celebration | Sat September 17, 10am to noon

Come play games, make take-home crafts, participate in a community art project, and groove to some fabulous music! Join us for a guided story walk at 10am, followed by CEO Lita Barrie announcing the Summer Reading Club grand prize winners at 11am.

Library After Dark | Fri November 4, 7.30-11pm | FULL

We're flipping the image of a dusty old library on its head with a roaring party in the stacks, featuring Born in the Eighties. Rock out at the library! Limited tickets on sale now. Licensed event. Ages 19+. Proof of age may be required at the door.

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