The Darlington Public Library is 100 years old this year. The library will celebrate 100 years as well as how far it and the town have come on Sept. 12 as part of the annual Darlington Fish Fry and Festival.
Library Director John Dale said the library will not officially be 100 years old until December, but he hopes tying it in the two-day festival will bring up attendance. “We want to have a big crowd at the open house,” he said.
A lot has changed for the library in 100 years, but he said a lot has stayed the same, too. The library is still in the original building that was designed by homegrown architect Hubert Peterson and was funded with a Carnegie grant. The library also still uses the original shelving, library tables and circulation desk. Though the desk has a modern top now, the beauty of the original desk still remains. The grandfather clock that now stands in the newer wing of the library was placed in the library when it opened.