Quincy Public Library turns the page to 125th birthday

The Quincy Public Library celebrated its 125th anniversary on Tuesday

Tuesday was a milestone day for the Quincy Public Library.

"We're celebrating the 125th anniversary of the library, and we wanted to say thank you to the community, the services we provide are for the people of Quincy," said Marketing and Events Librarian Ruth Cuthbertson.

If you haven't checked out the library in the last century, you're missing out on more than just books and library cards.

"We provide lifelong educational services that are free to the Quincy community, people really respond to that, so we have a higher attendance and higher circulation of books than other libraries in Illinois," Cuthbertson added.

For the anniversary, the library is allowing anyone with late fees to pay 25 cents on every dollar owed, for books that were checked out before June 24.

The library also featured a wall where guests could write down memories, as well as a wish tree.

"If people are inspired to donate to the library there are items on the tree where they can pick off an item, bring it up to the desk, and donate that money for the item," said Cuthbertson.

And while many people these days are consumed with TV's or smart phones, there are some people who prefer the classic library feel.

"The selection of books, you can't possibly buy as many books as I would read in a week, so this way I get hundreds and hundreds of books that I would not have access to myself," said library volunteer Gregg Stille.

He also enjoys the wide array of knowledge that could be obtained under one roof.

The library isn't planning another 125-year anniversary any time soon, but it is focused on the future, creating a more modern logo and website for better accessibility to better serve the needs of the community.

"Everything we do here at the Quincy Public Library is for the City of Quincy, and we are privileged to be able to provide the library for them," Cuthbertson said.

The Quincy Public Library's summer hours are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.