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Old library, Carnegie Museum approaching 100-year landmark

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With the original Roseville Library approaching its 100th birthday, the city?s historical society is planning a major anniversary party. It is also reaching out to the public to make sure that celebration is everything it can possibly be. Residents of Roseville erected their first library in October 1912, a structure that ultimately housed books and learning materials for more than 67 years. Roseville leaders then brought the stylish structure out of retirement in 1988 in order to launch the Roseville Historical Society?s Carnegie Museum. It has since been a gathering point for those looking to discover the city?s cultural heritage. The old library and museum?s birthday event will be Saturday, Oct. 13, with a pre-birthday kick-off party slated for Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Maidu Community Center. Society members said that plans are under way to install a lift device at the original library building in order to facilitate residents with disabilities, or members of the public who have difficulty climbing its steep, turn-of-the-century staircase. A 15-month centennial calendar to be sold at the museum is also in the works. The historical society is also reaching out to the public in hopes of finding more antique photographs and city artifacts to add to the Carnegie Museum?s collection. Members told the Press Tribune that recent donations have included old telephone books, old receipts and a book of matches from Log Cabin Restaurant. Rare photographs can be scanned, ensuring the originals are returned to their owners. Anyone interested in contributing pieces to the Carnegie Museum, or who wants more information on the library?s Centennial Celebration, can visit the old library and museum at 557 Lincoln St. in Roseville, or call (916) 773-3003. ~ Staff report