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25th Anniversary Celebration of the Bolivar Branch of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System

June 13

It’s time to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Bolivar Branch on Water Street and everyone’s invited! “We want the community to join us in celebrating our beautiful Bolivar/Lawrence Township Roy Parks Memorial Building, which has been our home since 1999,” said Bolivar Branch Supervisor, Courtney Wallace.  She said the celebration will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and will include lawn games, face painting, balloon animals, crafts and more. The Bolivar Library was established in 1937 under the leadership of Mary Ellen “Nellie” Oberlin. Eighty four years ago, in 1940 the village of Bolivar partnered with the County Library to make the library a branch of the TCPLS. The library is located on the property donated as a park to the village by Roy Parks. “The committee that made this beautiful building a reality included community members, library staff, village council members and township trustees,” said Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “This dedicated group worked to secure funds, acquire grants and organize fundraisers like bake sales, spaghetti suppers and memorial brick sales.”  Children, teens, adults and families continue to enjoy the Roy Parks Memorial Library. The property still serves as a park with benches, picnic tables and shade trees as well as access to free WiFi. Inside, the community enjoys traditional and digital items as well as toys, puzzles, computers and MakerSpace Equipment. Community members gather in the public meeting space as well as storytimes, book clubs, LEGO club and arts/crafts programs. “When we celebrate our building’s birthday in June, we will be celebrating all that this building has meant to the community through the years,” said Wallace. 


June 13