RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye Free Reading Room will turn 100 years old this fall, and will celebrate the occasion with a special birthday party.
Rye's first library was established in 1884 and was housed in the Purdy Cottage on Purchase Street. The present location by the Village Green opened in 1913. The site was donated by Sarah Parsons, and the building was constructed through community donations. During World War I, the building was used as a Red Cross headquarters and hosted programs dedicated to war relief.
The library's birthday party will be held on Sept. 21 in the Village Green. The free event will feature music, food, a petting zoo, face painters and a balloon artist. There will also be historical entertainment featuring the Osborn Girls.
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