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Surrounded by Gerda Wikander's art, Jesse Bruchac shares new music on a  traditional Abenaki three-chamber flute at the Old Forge Libary.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Surrounded by Gerda Wikander's art, Jesse Bruchac shares new music on a traditional Abenaki three-chamber flute at the Old Forge Libary. Photo: Todd Moe

A hundred years of more than books at the Old Forge Library

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Poetry, music, art and cake were part of a celebration marking the centennial of the Old Forge Library yesterday. The library also threw a 100th birthday party for artist Gerda Wikander.

In February of 1914, five people gathered in Old Forge and voted to establish a free library for the use of residents of the Town of Webb.

Over the past century, the library moved several times. In 1977, it moved to the former home of Moses Cohen where it is today. It's also undergone extensive renovation and remodeling. Today, it's a state of the art literary, cultural and community gathering place.

Todd Moe attended Sunday's celebration that included Joe Bruchac reading his original poem, "Wide Branches, Deep Roots", written for the library's centennial, Native American flutist Jesse Bruchac, and lots of avid library users.

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Todd Moe
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