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Centennial Celebration


Centennial Celebration Open Houses

2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 17 • Cook Park Library
2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 24 • Aspen Drive Library

On October 22, 1921, the Ansel B. and Emily Barrows Cook Memorial Library opened its doors in the former home of the couple to eager library patrons in the township. One hundred years, thousands of stories, and countless memories later, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!


Join us at one, or both, of our centennial open houses to play games, win prizes, and be a part of our library story! The first 100 visitors between 2-4 p.m. on each day will receive a delicious door prize. Masks required at all times; activities will be spaced out to allow for physical distancing.

  • 1920s trivia
  • Guessing Game
  • Giant birthday card
  • Selfie Stations
  • Plinko Game
  • Coloring Sheets 
  • Cook Home Tour (10/17 only)



View the Centennial Events calendar.



Share Your Memories

Our centennial is the perfect time to reminisce and we want to hear from you! What’s your favorite Cook Memorial Library memory? Please note that some stories may be shared in library marketing efforts and on social media. Personal information will not be shared.

  • RECORD a short video with StoryHabitat. Visit either library building to sit down to record on one of our designated iPads or record your video from home. 
  • EMAIL your memory to our local history librarian at
  • WRITE a letter and drop it off at the Reference Desk at either library building.

Library History Timeline

View our history timeline full of interesting tidbits at either location. While you’re there, write your name on a sticker and place it on the year you became a cardholder (from any library)!  

Oldest CMPLD Card Contest

Think you have the oldest library card in our district? Bring it in to the Check Out Desk at either location by October 31 for your chance to win a prize! Participants must present the physical card and an ID. Card does not have to be active. Winner will be notified by November 1.


Blog Posts

Read Centennial-related blog posts on the library’s Shelf Life blog.


Podcast Episodes

Women of Cook Library – subscribe to the Cook Memorial Public Library Podcast wherever you get your podcasts.

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