The centennial celebration of the Ramona Library becoming a branch of the San Diego County Free Library is coming up soon with a free event for the public, including music, dance, face painting, a talk on the history of Ramona and even some cake!
From the Library: "While much has changed over the past 100 years, San Diego County Library's devotion to serving the community and promoting free, open access to information and services has not. Please join us as we celebrate 100 Years of Stories on Thursday, October 3, at the Ramona Library (1275 Main Street)."
History of the Ramona Library:
Unofficially, the Ramona library has existed since 1894. Officially, as a branch of the San Diego County Free Library, the Ramona branch was established in Ramona Town Hall on May 26, 1913.
In February of 1939, the library moved from the Town Hall, as it was in poor condition, to a large room on the Main Street rented from the Bargars. In May 1956, Mrs. Bargar sold the building.
Faced with an increase in the rent, which the community could not afford, a place was found at 619 Main St., and a hurried move was made on June 30, 1956.
The library moved to 1406 Montecito Rd. on February 6, 1973. Three additions were made to accommodate the growing community. The Friends of the Ramona Library was established in 1985.
interest and fundraising led to the new Ramona Community Library which opened
in February of 2011.
Schedule of events at the Ramona Library 100 Years Celebration on October 3:
3 p.m. “History of Ramona” with local author Charles R. LeMenager
4:30 p.m. Special Guest: San Diego County Library Deputy Director Donna Ohr
5 p.m. Folkloric Dance with Ramona del Sol
5:30 p.m. Salsa Dance Lessons
6 p.m. Latin Cumbia music with Peligroso Caramelo
Chips & Salsa and Cake/Henna Tattoos for Teens & Tweens
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