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Community invited to celebrate branch library’s 30th year

Posted Aug. 14, 2019

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The 8,100-square-foot library branch opened in 1989 at 1300 N.E. 35th St.

Thirty years ago, the opening of the Fort Worth Library-Diamond Hill-Jarvis Branch started off with a bang — almost literally.

Librarian Roza Abassi set up a piñata in the children’s area to welcome guests, and the first child who picked up the bat and started swinging nearly hit her in the head. But that is just one of many memories she has from working there for more than two decades.

The Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch will celebrate its 30th year with a special community event, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the library, 1300 N.E. 35th St.

Abassi, who now works at the city’s Northwest Branch, remembers the community support the library drew even before it opened, with community members petitioning the city until the new branch was built. Once the library opened, community support continued.

In particular, she recalls how the Ayala family was one whose members constantly used the library. “Both spouses worked in the schools as principals,” Abassi said. “Their family volunteered to star in a library-published booklet/fotonovela as patrons coming to use the library.” The educators also encouraged school visits at their locations, and in turn took classes to the library.

The anniversary event will include fun family entertainment from Mad Science indoors (foggy dry-ice storms, floating beach balls and a special “burp potion”) and professional bubble maker Professor Pops working his magic outside. Fort Worth EMS is providing free water to all attendees to help everyone beat the heat.

Also, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School students will present the model for the tiny house they are building for a family in need through the Little House Happy Home Project. Fort Worth Police will have a booth to make free Safe Kid and Safe Senior IDs.

The community support the library was given in the beginning has continued through the years.

“We can’t wait to celebrate the library’s 30th anniversary with the community,” said branch manager Rebecca Conkle. “We hope our regular patrons will join us, but also those who haven’t come to the library in years or those who will visit their first time that day. Our staff is committed to continuing to meet the needs of the Diamond Hills-Jarvis community with a specialized collection and programming just for our neighbors.”

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