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Marion County-City of Columbia Library celebrates centennial

Marion County residents attend a centennial celebration for the Marion County-City of Columbia Public Library. Marion County residents attend a centennial celebration for the Marion County-City of Columbia Public Library.
COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

Marion County residents are celebrating the 100th birthday of their library. 

And Friday, much of the the town visited the Marion County-City of Columbia Public Library for a day-long centennial event.

It opened on Jan. 1, 1912, with just a few books on a couple of shelves at the Marion County Courthouse.

Today, the Broad Street main branch has more than 50,000 books.

"Libraries are changing, but we still have the books," said Gail Bracey, library director. "We're looking at e-books, the next generation (and) we've come a long way since 1912," Bracey said.

The Broad Street library building was constructed in 1975.

It's part of a regional library system that also has branches in Prentiss and Bassfield.

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