Main Library marks anniversary with sunrise and sunset events

CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will celebrate its 10th anniversary Wednesday with two rooftop celebrations.

Weather permitting, the library will open its fourth floor rooftop terrace at 5:30 a.m. for photographers and celestial event enthusiasts to enjoy the views or record the setting of the full flower moon at 6:34 a.m. in the west and the sunrise at 6:40 a.m. in the east on that day. A telescope to view the moon will be available.

The full flower moon was named so by native Americans because it occurs when flowers spring forth in abundance throughout the U.S., according to the Farmer’s Almanac. It was also a time when native Americans would plant corn many years ago.

Other events during the all-day celebration include a special story time for the library’s youngest patrons at 10:30 a.m. and a book signing by celebrated writer, Angela Hunt from 1 to 3 p.m.

A sunset birthday ceremony will also be held on the rooftop beginning at 7 p.m. with birthday cake and city officials offering a few words.

The land on which the library stands has been used for its current purpose for 98 years. The current 90,000 square-foot library, designed by Yale school of architecture dean Robert A. M. Stern and built in 2004, supplanted the original library building built through a Carnegie Foundation grant in 1916.

The rooftop terrace, one of the unique features of the library building, is a special vantage point to experience sweeping views of the Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the entire city of Clearwater to the east.

For information on these and other library events, visit or call (727) 562-4970.

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