Aurora Memorial Library will observe trust's 50th year

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On Sept. 14, there will be an open house in honor of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Aurora Library Trust. It will run from 2 to 4 p.m.

On July 8, 1964, the Aurora Library Trust was created and established by Mabel and Byron Chapman to construct a library for Aurora. As a memorial to honor the nine Aurorans who lost their lives during World War II, land was purchased at Route 43 and East Pioneer Trail and dedicated July 4, 1949.

It was on that memorial site that the library was built. The building was dedicated in September 1966 and has gone through many changes and additions in the past 50 years. Only the fourth addition used taxpayer funding.

It has been the job of the trust to maintain control of all activities in and around the library. There are trustees from the community, Portage County District Library, Friends of the Aurora Library, One Fund, Aurora Community Theatre, City Council and the historical society. There's also an administrator and historian.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the trust plans to launch a capital improvement campaign for the good of the library building.

The trust is responsible for the interior of the building, while the city is responsible for the exterior and all mechanical systems. Trustees hope to complete the campaign on the 50th anniversary of Aurora Memorial Library two years from now.

One occupant of the building and member of the trust is Aurora Community Theatre, and it is in the midst of a three-weekend run of the summer production "Sweeney Todd," which continues until July 19.

ACT provides excellent theatrical entertainment throughout the year in the newly remodeled theatre. Its participation with the trust is a part of the varied contributions Aurorans will hear more about in weeks to come.

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