Centennial Celebration! 100 Years of The Samuel T. Busey Library

Saturday, July 7 • 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Please join us for the Centennial Celebration of the Library's landmark building, which opened to the public in July 1918. It was designed by Joseph W. Royer, with a $35,000 gift from Mary E. Busey, as a memorial to her husband, Samuel T. Busey.



  • Special exhibits - “Mary E. Busey’s Gift:
    A Centennial Celebration of The Samuel T. Busey Library”

    McFarlane-Hood Reading Room; 1st and 2nd Floor Exhibit Cases
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Games and activities from the early 1900s
    Co-sponsored by the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lewis Auditorium
    All ages welcome!
  • 1:30 p.m. – Live music with the local Dixieland sextet
    Carl Johnson and the New Orleans Jazz Machine
    Busey Mills Reading Room
  • 2:30 p.m. - Remarks by special guests
    Busey Mills Reading Room
  • 3:00 p.m. – Enjoy cake and specialty drinks from the Cafe (while supplies last)
    Busey Mills Reading Room
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Presentation by author Brian Adams, “A Library Building Second to None: A History of Urbana’s Samuel T. Busey Library”
    Lewis Auditorium