A Century of Stories: Celebrating the History of Jonesboro and the Library from 1942-1967

on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Round Room


This year the public library is celebrating their 100th anniversary in Jonesboro.  The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library first opened their doors in January of 1917 as a “Rest and Reading Room,” opened by the Civic League Club.  To celebrate, the library is hosting events each quarter to celebrate the 25 year sections of the 100 years.  On Saturday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. the library will host “The History of our Community and the Public Library: 1942-1967.

The event will be hosted by writer and historian Nan Snider who grew up in Craighead County.  “I was born and raised on the same land where four generations of my descendants have lived.  I have been surrounded by family historians all my life and never stopped to think that it would not continue as such forever,” said Snider on her website. 

Snider presentation will focus on the eastern district of Craighead County.  In addition to talking about the history of the area during that time period, Snider will incorportate information about the library as well.  The next 25 years will be covered at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 15th on the same day as the Genealogy Night Lock-In.  The speaker will be former library director Phyllis Burkett.  

Learn more about our Timeline project here.