Richard Byrd Library Celebrates 55th Anniversary


The Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield, is celebrating its 55th anniversary in early August. The festivities will begin with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 followed by a special program on Antarctic explorer Richard Byrd. On Aug. 10, the celebration will continue with an afternoon of special family activities.

The Aug. 8 program, “Richard Byrd: Antarctic Explorer,” features historian and 40-year veteran of Antarctic research, Guy Guthridge, discussing the national excitement experienced when Byrd returned from his first Antarctic trip and his influence on Antarctic research today. The event, for adults and ages 14 and up, begins at 7:30 p.m. Sign up online or call 703-451-8055.

All ages can celebrate Admiral Byrd’s endeavors at “Antarctica at the Library” from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 10. Attendees can play in the snow station, try on extreme cold weather gear, enjoy photo opportunities with the branch’s penguin mascot and more. No registration required.

The Friends of the Richard Byrd Library are cosponsoring all anniversary programs and activities.

Other contributors to the festivities include the Springfield Acres Garden Club, the Woman’s Club of Springfield, the Springfield Art Guild, the SpringfieldCivic Association and St. Mark Lutheran Church’s Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association (WELCA).

“For more than half a century, the Springfield community has enthusiastically supported the Richard Byrd Library,” says Branch Manager Sandy Freund. “Many of the same organizations who joined us in planning this anniversary helped to establish our first storefront branch 55 years ago. As we celebrate this anniversary together, we want to acknowledge such wonderful support from our community.” 

The Richard Byrd Library opened as Fairfax County Public Library’s fifth branch in 1958 in a storefront on Backlick Rd. At the opening ceremony, Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Sr. paid tribute to his brother, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, the branch’s namesake. The branch moved to its present site in 1965 and was completely renovated in 2010. A distinctive feature of the new library is the weathervane, an accurate replica of the airplane flown by Admiral Byrd during his exploration of Antarctica and his flight over the South Pole.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365.

Fairfax County Public Library
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Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Media Contact: Mary Mulrenan
703-324-8319, TTY 703-324-8365, Fax 703-324-3180
July 15, 2013, 01-14


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