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Friends of Mirror Lake Library Present "Centennial Panel" on December 5

St. Petersburg, Fla (December 2, 2015)As the library turns 100 this week, the Friends of Mirror Lake present “Reflections of 100 Years: A Centennial Panel” on Saturday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mirror Lake Community Library, 280 Fifth Street North, in downtown St. Petersburg. Free and open to the public. Open seating available at 1:30 p.m.

Learn about the library over the past century from locals – a collection of library frequenters and historic enthusiasts – who may recall their first visit to the library as a child or what brought them back to the library. Seven participants will be sharing their memories, anecdotes, and stories about growing up in St. Petersburg and what the library means to them - including Jon Wilson, Jeannette Wenzel, Susan Churuti, Carol Lee Wathen and Peggy Harris.

Following the panel conversation, the Friends of Mirror Lake are hosting a reception to celebrate the guests of honor, where attendees will be able to meet and socialize with the panelists.

St. Petersburg is celebrating 100 years of library service. The Beaux Arts-style library, built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie, first opened to the public on December 1, 1915 with 2,600 volumes. Additions to the building were designed in the same style and completed in 1951 and 1997. Of the 14 Carnegie Libraries built in Florida from 1901 to 1917, Mirror Lake is one of only two that are still operating as a library.

ABOUT YOUR ST. PETERSBURG LIBRARY:  St. Petersburg’s Library System provides library resources to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual and social needs of its diverse community. It operates seven community libraries, including the Main Library, North Community Library, South Community Library, West Community Library, Johnson Community Library, Mirror Lake Community Library and a micro-library at Childs Park. For more information, visit

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