Three special anniversaries were celebrated at the Shiawassee District Library in 2014. The library system observed its first twenty years of service, the Durand Memorial Branch celebrated 60 years in operation, and the Owosso Branch celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Shiawassee District Library
The Shiawassee District Library was formed on July 1st, 1994 when the cities of Durand and Owosso, and Bennington, Owosso and Rush townships merged to create a new library system including the former Durand Memorial and Owosso Public Libraries. Ken Uptigrove, former Owosso Public Library Director, was hired to serve at SDL’s first director.
The library’s direct millage provided a stable source of funding, increased the books and materials purchasing for each branch, and allowed for building improvements. Technology improvements over SDL’s first few years included a new automated circulation system and website.
L to r: Mayor Fred Summerhays (with shovel), VFW Commander Stuart Coleman, Mrs. Rex (Mae) Teeters, VFW Past Commander Bob Grice (with shovel)/Courtesy Photo