Johnson City Public Library to celebrate 125th anniversary

A photo of the Johnson City Public Library – known at the time as the Mayne Williams Library – back in 1913. The JCPL is observing its 125th anniversary in 2020.

When we ring in 2020, Johnson City Public Library will begin observing its 125th anniversary of service to the community.

To commemorate this milestone, the Library will hold special events throughout the year, beginning with the 125th Anniversary Kick-Off on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The event will showcase highlights from the Library’s history. As guests move throughout the Library, they will journey through the Library’s past and present, beginning with its formation in 1895. The tour will end with refreshments and door prizes and a look into future library trends.

JCPL Director Julia Turpin says that since its formation, the Library has been an important part of Johnson City, and it continues to occupy a vital place in the community.

“The Library is a hub of activity,” Turpin said. “We provide resources to folks from all walks of life and in all stages of life. While our services have adapted over the past 125 years, our commitment to excellence and fulfilling our community’s needs remains constant.”

Turpin added that she is excited to spend the year celebrating the Library’s history as well as its future.

For more information about the Library’s 125th Anniversary Kick-Off, contact Julia Turpin at 423.434.4457 or


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