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Celebrating 100 years, SLO County Library honors a pioneering librarian

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The two grave markers in the lower left corner identify the graves of Milne's mother and husband, but her grave in the center of the photo is currently unmarked.

It's been 100 years since the first public library came to San Luis Obispo County, and this year the library system is celebrating. In digging through the archives for centennial material, staff came across a wrong they thought needed righting. San Luis Obispo's first city librarian is currently buried in an unmarked grave at a local cemetery, so staff and volunteers started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to buy a headstone for Francis Margaret Milne. They've since surpassed their goal, the headstone delivered and awaiting installation. Library officials are planning a memorial and dedication ceremony in April of 2019. 

Tune in above for a walk through San Luis Obispo's San Luis Cemetery with SLO County Library's Sharon Coronado to learn a bit of local library history.

In addition to the library system's 100th anniversary, this week is also the 40th anniversary of the SLO Friends of the Library's annual Our Book Sale, one of their biggest fundraisers. It's scheduled for March 7-9, 2019 at the Veterans Memorial Building in San Luis Obispo.

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