By David DiPino Special to The Pineapple Delray Beach Public Library’s Centennial Celebration will celebrate the milestone with the community that funds this unique structure with a combination of public and private support with a three-day long birthday party, April 11 through April 13. The celebration begins with what organizers are calling the social event of the season, a “Centennial Birthday Bash” event at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, where the entire Delray Beach Public Library will be transformed into a “100-Year Walk Down Memory Lane.” The birthday bash will have entertainers dressed in costumes, period characters, music, and lots of food and drink, event organizers said. Cost is $100 per-person in honor of the 100-years and it promises to be the event of the season. “The Centennial year has been an opportunity to commemorate this wonderful milestone in our community.” -Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister Library Board Member and Delray Beach resident Nancy Dockerty will serve as chairperson for this once-in-a-lifetime event of food, drinks, entertainment and nostalgia. The honorary co-chairpersons are John K. Burke, Library Board President and his wife Patsy. Many of the Centennial Committee and sponsors have long-standing ties to Delray Beach. Milestone sponsors like Donald and Teri Pfeil also helped tremendously in making the library success. Teri was on the Library Board that helped move the library from its out-dated building on Southeast Fourth Avenue and helped build the new building, a gigantic, two-story cathedral of information at 100 W. Atlantic Ave. Donald Pfeil and his group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, were involved with the library’s endowment campaign. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has been a supporter and business partner with the library since Merrill Lynch opened an office in the City of Delray Beach back in the 1950s. Louise Weir Glover at Merrill Lynch also helped to make the company a Legacy Sponsor for the events. Sustainer Sponsors include Sandy Simon, GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach, Bank United and IBERIABANK. Centennial Sponsors are Waste Management, Morgan Stanley, corporate Benefit Advisors, a Division of Gallagher Benefit Services and Paradise Bank. The Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., also put out a call to local 100-year-olds to help celebrate the 100th birthday and to date they have twelve “special” centenarians coming out to join the fun. On Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the library will continue the Centennial Celebration with a free “Centennial Birthday Bash Community Day” with free events for the entire family. There will be a dog parade to kick off the day, music, food and refreshments, storytelling, face painting, author events and contests. “The Centennial celebration began a year ago with an event called ‘Teatime at the Library.’ We reached out and invited community leaders, potential business partners and library patrons, to help in the planning of a year-long calendar of events,” said library development director, Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister. The “Centennial Birthday Bash Community Day” also features many free programs and food all donated by local Delray Beach businesses and community members. Love, KatieKakes featuring gluten-free and regular sweets, Adina’s Cakery, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Ice King, Natures Way Café, Publix Supermarkets and Publix Aprons Cooking School, have all donated treats for the “Centennial Birthday Bash Community Day.” In April 1913, a year before even a public elementary and high school are built in Delray Beach, the Ladies’ Improvement Association starts the Delray Beach Public Library with a collection of books compiled by the ladies. Then, in 1939, the Library Association was founded as a non-profit corporation. Since that time, library patrons have received free library service through a successful public and private partnership between the City of Delray Beach and the Library Association. The Delray Beach Public Library is not part of the county or city system, but is uniquely funded with public and private funds. The City of Delray Beach and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have provided a large percentage of the annual operating budget, and the Library Association has raised all capital funds. “The Centennial year has been an opportunity to commemorate this wonderful milestone in our community. Our goal is to ensure the survival of our library for the next 100-years,” said Trombly-Burmeister. To purchase tickets to the “Centennial Birthday Bash” or for more information visit: DelrayLibrary.org or call 561-266-0775.