gpl history

Explore the links below to learn about GPL's nearly 100 year long history.

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On December 27, 1988, Margaret Hamilton became the director of GPL.  In 1990, she led the second remodel of the building.  This expansion added a dedicated 5,500 square-foot children's area, individual and group study rooms, and room to house 100,000 more books.

During the twelve-month construction the staff and collection were moved across the street to a smaller space in the Walker building.  The difficult year was forgotten, however, when the library moved into the new and improved 31,500 square-foot building.

In 1991, when the new library opened, the library board dedicated the street to the north of the building to Harold Toombs, a long-time supporter of the library.  Harold Tooms Drive is the name of the street from which patrons and staff enter the library to this very day.

 

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