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The Library and Book Guild both celebrate their 85th anniversary

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Which came first, the Woodville Public Library or the Book Guild? Both were founded in 1937 and will celebrate their 85th anniversary this year. According to a note in my closet, the Book Guild is only a few months older.

The library began as a dream for a group of seven women who wanted to provide reading material to the Woodville community. In 1936, a committee was appointed to contact the Birchard Public Library in Fremont as a possible source for obtaining the book. Birchard agreed to serve her Woodville through the government’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) program, and Woodville’s first library she founded in 1937.