Newport Public Library is turning 100 and staff will kick off the centennial celebrations by throwing a huge party this Saturday, Sept. 14.
The celebration will feature an unveiling of the new Teen Room mural at 11 am, followed by library tours at 11:30 am and 3 pm. Guests will be able to enjoy craft activities, a speakeasy, a photo booth and view items destined for a time capsule that will be placed inside the library wall for 20 years. Children are invited to bring along a small item to place in the capsule.
The McEntee meeting room will be packed with booths from organizations including Oregon Coast Aquarium, OMSI’s Camp Grey, Lincoln County Historical Society, Oregon Coast STEM Hub, the Photography Club and more.
Outside, guests can try their hand at lawn games and bubbles, get their faces painted, check out a vintage car and enjoy great eats from food trucks. A library geocache at 10 pm will offer the chance to scour the premises inside and out; and Americana Mayhem will be on-hand with hula hooping, storytelling and other entertainment from noon to 2 pm.
There will also be a full slate of entertainment on offer at Literacy Park (see sidebar).
Be sure to pick up your centennial celebration passport and have it stamped at each location.
The centennial celebration, which is free and open to all, will run from 10 am to 6 pm at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.
For more information, go to www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.