Aurora Memorial Library branch library is celebrating its 50th anniversary Sept. 18, and a gathering will take place Sept. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Call 330-562-6502 with any questions.
In 1964, a proposal was made to build a library on the site of a memorial dedicated to nine local men who died in World War II. Several lots were purchased at a sheriff's sale, and a boulder and cannon were placed there to honor the war dead.
Funds were donated by a local family, and the library, dedicated to the memory of George Byron Chapman, opened in 1966.
In May 1968, the east wing was built with funds donated by Kitty Riley Wheeler, which provided the first home for the Aurora Historical Society Museum.
In 1991, a levy was passed and public tax money was used for the first time to expand the library, which benefited the museum and theater.
In April 2010, the Library Express delivery service program was added at the branch, which is located in the back of the building near the book return.