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Library pavilion dedicated

Guests at the dedication of the Polo Public Library pavilion Aug. 18 enjoy refreshments and conversation. Photo by Vinde Wells
Guests at the dedication of the Polo Public Library pavilion Aug. 18 enjoy refreshments and conversation. Photo by Vinde Wells

A project three years in the making is now officially completed.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication was held Saturday for the new pavilion and parking lot at the Polo Public Library.

Library foundation president Greg Cross called the library, built in 1904, “the cornerstone of the community. The completion of our shelter compliments what was already here.”

Planning for the project, built to the north of the library, started three years ago and involved input and efforts from the community.

“Our outdoor structure has evolved from a simple gazebo, “ said library board president Marie Monaco.

The three-season pavilion will be used for events and programs, she said, calling it a “showcase” for community dedication.

The Polo Lions Club donated funds and labor for the structure.

Lions Club member Tom Suits, the library’s attorney and former board member, said memorial funds donated by the families of Lions Robert Cheatham, Charles Knie, and Carl Vock went toward the project.

Cross showed a photo of a plaque that will recognize the contributions of the community and gave recognition to Mark Ebert of Ebert Engineering for helping to build the pavilion and Monica Putnam and Jim Williams of Hidden Timber Gardens for doing the landscaping.

Library director Ellen Finfrock told the crowd that a library has been at the site for 147 years and the current library, built with funds donated by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, is 114 years old.

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