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Albright 'book brigade' celebrates library's 50th year

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: Apr 08 2014 04:49:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2014 05:44:58 PM CDT

It was a celebration 50 years in the making at Albright College in Reading.

READING, Pa. -

It was a celebration 50 years in the making at Albright College in Reading.

The college celebrated the 50th anniversary of its library by re-enacting the book move that marked the building's opening.

Volunteers formed a "bucket brigade" to move books from the Alumni Memorial Hall to the library. The library was housed at the Alumni Memorial Hall before 1964.

Some graduates who took part in the original book move returned to campus

"It was a big day. We didn't have school, classes, and we all worked for about two hour shifts," said Susan Schmehl.

"We would get our books in the old library in Alumni Hall, carry our pile of books, three or four books, in a straight line that came over here to the new library," said Linda Reed McCrae.

The grads also recreated a picture from the move in 1964.

Albright is currently raising funds to renovate the library.