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Warren-Newport library celebrates 40th anniversary

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Angelina Macias, 11, of Park City, signs a card during the Warren-Newport Public Library's 40th anniversary celebration Sunday in Gurnee. The special event featured food, games and actives focused on the anniversary.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Trish and Ron Wendt, of Gurnee, look through scrapbooks on the history of the Warren-Newport Public Library library during the 40th anniversary celebration Sunday in Gurnee. The special event featured food, games and actives focused on the anniversary.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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In the midst of the Warren-Newport Public Library District's 40th anniversary celebration Sunday, the library's first director, Joan Wilts, remembered the library's humble beginnings, before the district was formed. In 1973, the library began operating in the building that would become Gurnee National Bank, at Milwaukee and Grand avenues. "That was a new building, and the bank hadn't even moved in yet. We moved in before they did," Wilts said.
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    • Angelina Macias, 11, of Park City, signs a card during the Warren-Newport Public Library’s 40th anniversary celebration Sunday in Gurnee. The special event featured food, games and actives focused on the anniversary.
    • Trish and Ron Wendt, of Gurnee, look through scrapbooks on the history of the Warren-Newport Public Library library during the 40th anniversary celebration Sunday in Gurnee. The special event featured food, games and actives focused on the anniversary.
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