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Lexington Library’s main branch to celebrate 20 years of service with Pat Conroy event and more

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – It’s hard to believe that the Main Library of the Lexington County Library system will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year! Some of the Lexington County old-timers will remember when it was in the much smaller building on Park Road near the fire station and where the Lexington Leisure Center is now. 20 years ago, county council made a huge commitment to the people of Lexington County by saying that literacy and reading were a good thing and made it a priority for our communities. Now, 20 years later, the number of people that come through the door at the Main Library located off East Main Street in Lexington, is proof positive that they were correct about how the people of the county felt about their libraries.

As a part of the birthday celebration, on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 pm, “I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries will be presented by Jonathan Haupt. Haupt is the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s executive director. This event is presented by the Friends of Lexington Main Library in honor of the Main Library's 20th Anniversary.

Pat Conroy was an acclaimed American author who wrote several novels and memoirs. Two of his novels, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, were made into Oscar-nominated films. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1940’s, but attended both high school and college along the coast of SC and fell in love with the beautiful low-country of SC. Even though at times he left, he always seemed to return to the salt marshes, mud flats, and barrier islands where he learned, taught, loved, and lived many of the happiest days of his life.

The event at the library is free and open to ages 15 and up. It will be just a part of the celebratory events taking place as the Main Library passes this significant milestone. Watch the site of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library for more books sales, celebrations, and opportunities at www.lmlfriends.org.

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