Converse Library to celebrate 100th anniversary

By Josh Sigler

CONVERSE -- The Converse Jackson Township Public Library is turning 100, and a grand celebration is in store.

The library is hosting a Black Tie Gala banquet and fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 from 7-10 p.m. at the Roseburg Event Center, located at 2983 W. 38th St. in Marion to celebrate the libraries heritage.

“It’s a pretty big accomplishment,” Library Director Andy Horner said. “Especially in a small town like Converse. To have any library at all is great. And, to have a wonderful Carnegie Library that’s lasted 100 years, that’s a pretty big accomplishment. We’re pretty pleased that we’ve been able to do it.”

The program will include dinner, a silent auction, music and dancing.

“We’re turning 100, and so we want to mark that occasion,” Horner said. “We want to make sure we have a really nice evening to commemorate the event. But, we’re also using it as a fundraiser. We are looking to do a renovation and addition. That’s going to address many different issues.”

Horner added that the library is not currently handicap accessible. One of the things officials are looking to do with the funds from the gala is install an elevator to help the handicapped better access the building.

“Special thanks go to our contributing partners, the Library Board and staff, the 100th Anniversary Committee, and all the generous organizations that have donated to the silent auction for all their efforts and support,” Horner said.

The Gala will also include a guest speaker.

Jane King, the founder and CEO of LilaMax Media LLC, a multi-platform provider of video content on consumer and business news, will provide remarks.

King is a 1986 graduate of Eastern High School and a 1991 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Communications.

She began her television career at WLFI-TV in Lafayette, where she served as an anchor and reporter. During that time, King also taught classes in broadcast journalism at Purdue. She has worked at CNN in New York, as well as for Bloomberg Television.

King is seen daily on WISH-TV in Indianapolis and her reports are heard daily on WWKI 100.5 FM in Kokomo.

“Jane is passionate about libraries and is excited to be here to celebrate this historical event,” Horner said.

King lives in Manhattan with her husband, fellow Purdue graduate Gene Schafer, and her two children, Max and Lila.

Tickets, which cost $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight, are on sale at the library, located at 108 S. Jefferson St. Those seeking more information are asked to call the library at 765-395-3344.

Posted on 2018 Sep 11