Those who've lived in Cornelius at least 20 years remember when the library was almost next door to Cornelius Elementary School. Before that, it was in the town hall, then moved to a store.
We also remember when the town didn't have its own library at all, because the North County Regional Library was supposed to serve all citizens of north Mecklenburg County. So residents rallied, and we have today's library building.
If you can believe it, the building will be 10 years old Feb. 11. On that day we are all invited to celebrate Cornelius Library Day, proclaimed by Mayor Jan Beasley in 2000.
There will be activities throughout the day, such as readings for babies and youngsters in the morning, historical information about the 1930s at lunchtime, events for teens and pre-teens in the early evening, and events for everyone in the evening.
All day, visitors can get raffle tickets and refreshments, view art by local elementary students and check out reading and media materials.
Help town get more active
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to live a healthier and more active life, then help the Cornelius PARC Department give you opportunities to succeed.
Call the Cornelius office for to get the online address for the survey. That phone number is: 704-896-2460.
You can also list your favorite PARC activities and suggest better ways for the department to share activities.
PARC Commission vacancy
This month, Chris Jones, Travis Dancy and Ted Duncan were appointed to new terms on the PARC Commission. There is still a vacancy for a 3-year term.
If you're interested in learning about the commission, attend a meeting. They're at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the town hall. If you're interested in applying for the seat, go to www.corneliuspr.org, click on "people" at left, click on the underlined word "page," and find the link at the bottom of the page.
I have to congratulate the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for its victory in the national championship football game. I'm a 'Bama alumna, and I was surprised to see how many fellow alums live in this area, as evidenced by the flags, hats and jackets, even dog collars. Roll Tide!
The picture in my column last week was mistakenly credited to Cornelius Elementary School. The picture was taken by my son, John Daidone.